Timely weather forecast information should:

Timely information on weather and flood forecasts is crucial for the sustainable development of Bangladesh, speakers said at a workshop in Dhaka on Sunday.

The USAID-funded SHOUHARDO III program implemented by CARE Bangladesh joined the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System and co-hosted this workshop to share experiences from a recently abandoned project.

Md Mohsin, Secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, attended this workshop as guest of honor. Ing. Fazlur Rashid, Managing Director, Bangladesh Water Development Board, and Ellen de Guzman, Director, Office of Food, Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance (OFDA), USAID Bangladesh, were in attendance as special guests. Ramesh Singh, Country Director of CARE Bangladesh, chaired the event. Among others, Marc Nosbach, Party Chief, SHOUHARDO III, Raihanul Haque Khan, Country Program Manager, RIMES, and other officials from USAID, SHOUHARDO III and RIMES were present.

In his presentation on the main achievements and lessons of the project “Improved Meteorological and Flood Information System for Community Risk and Resource Management in Bangladesh”, Raihanul Haque Khan enumerated the operationalization of flow forecasting in Bangladesh. long-term (15 days), Upazila weather forecasts through the “Upazila Weather Portal”, Upazila-specific iconographic forecast products and the development of the Disaster Management Committee portal as key achievements. He also mentioned that “Upazila-specific iconographic forecasting products need to be extended across the country. The 15-day experimental forecast has been found to be very useful in detecting floods 10 to 12 days in advance.”

During his special guest speech, Engr. Fazlur Rashid, Managing Director of the Bangladesh Water Development Authority, said: “Timely weather forecast and flood information is crucial for the sustainable development of Bangladesh. CARE Bangladesh’s interventions towards early forecast-based preparedness information for the people of Bangladesh.

Special guest Ellen de Guzman, Director, OFDA, USAID Bangladesh said, “USAID Bangladesh recognizes the need to work towards climate change prevention and to take preventative action against disasters by building the resilience of people in these areas. regions. She appreciated the efforts of the Government of Bangladesh for making significant progress in disaster preparedness and early warning in recent years, as well as SHOUHARDO III and RIMES for the way the project supported program participants. .

While delivering his speech as guest of honor, Md. Mohsin, secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, appreciated the dissemination of forecast information from SHOUHARDO III and RIMES, led by the community. He mentioned that monsoon floods and flash floods have different characteristics, therefore, he highlighted the adoption of different action plans to deal with one or the other. “There should be a 15-day forecast for the monsoon flood and a 3-day forecast for the flash flood,” he added. He also mentioned the need to disseminate information on learning to advance the shared experience from the local level to the political level.

Ramesh Singh, Country Director, CARE Bangladesh, spoke about the two pillars of disaster management, leveraging science and bringing together community knowledge and building infrastructure. He mentioned that this combination of the two was soft and hard acquaintance. He shared his gratitude for the joint forces of the USAID, CARE Bangladesh and RIMES mission partnership to make disaster management possible for the poor.

The SHOUHARDO III program and RIMES jointly implemented the “Improved Weather and Flood Information System for Community Risk and Resource Management in Bangladesh” from July 2019 to September 2021. The project was implemented. works in 15 unions in 13 sub-districts of the eight SHOUHARDO III districts of the char and haor regions, targeting more than 10,000 people from the agriculture and livestock subsistence groups. This project sought to enable risk and resource management in poor and extremely poor communities by providing community-centered, multisectoral, action-oriented forecasting information that will improve their resilience and potentially reduce resource risks. subsistence. To learn more about the SHOUHARDO III program, visit: https://shouhardo.carebangladesh.org/

Dale D. Schrum