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South Asian international locations plan SOS system for hydrological mangement of Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna basin

India and its neighbouring international locations sharing the trans-boundary Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna basins are planning to develop a Hydrological SOS system — a round-the-year system to share information on reservoirs, rivers and dam waters, which can assist mitigate water hazards like floods, droughts, mudslides and accelerated erosion.
A two-day meet on the Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna (GBM) river basins — collectively organised by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and India Meteorological Division (IMD) — started in New Delhi on Monday. Hydrological specialists from the Central Water Fee (CWC) and scientists from Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and China are attending the meet.
The GBM river basin system cuts throughout India, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. The delicate ecology, assorted terrain and socio-economic-political ties add to the challenges in addressing the flooding brought on by the three rivers.
Final October, the South Asian Flash Flood Warning system was launched by India. This technique has been sending warnings six hours forward of doubtless flash flooding. The IMD’s hydrometeorological division sends alerts and advisories for India, Nepal, Sri lanka, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

Trans-boundary rivers originating outdoors India trigger large flooding in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh through the monsoon season. Based on CWC stories, India has suffered an annual lack of Rs 6,000 crore yearly between 1953 and 2000.
“Floods are a part of the pure ecosystem, they’ll neither be totally managed nor averted. However efforts might be taken to minimise the losses,” stated RK Sinha, chairman, CWC.
He added, “The proposed trans-boundary hydrometeorological early warning system is necessary and can cowl main flood plains brought on by trans-boundary flowing rivers.”
M Ravichandran, secretary, MoES, stated, “The GBM basin typically sees cyclones, salination, large flooding and droughts because of each local weather change and human actions. However extra importantly, it helps wealthy biodiversity and livelihood. All stakeholders must analyse dangers collectively and take steps to implement the early warning system.”
For India, the unregulated left financial institution rivers of the Ganga–Ghandak, Kosi and Ghaghra and the Brahmaputra, pose critical flooding threats yearly, added Sinha.

Representatives from Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal stated an early warning system and extra sharing of hydrometeorological information was the necessity of the hour.
Throughout the two-day meet, the worldwide specialists will put together an idea plan for the proposed Hydromet SOS. “Completely different international locations will work collectively and develop a system the place data on the standing of hydrological processes and outlook on prolonged vary scale might be supplied,” stated Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, director basic, IMD.

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