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India to develop model to give flash floods warning to Asian nations

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has assigned India the task of developing a customised model that can issue advance warning of floods to Asian countries, including Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand, China’s Xinhua News Agency reported a senior government official as saying.

Secretary in the Ministry of Earth Sciences Madhavan Rajeevan said that the India Meteorological Department (IMD) would be working to customise a weather model, originally developed by the US and donated to the WMO, to warn about flash floods at least six hours in advance, The Hindu daily reported on Saturday.

According to Rajeevan, a test version of this was being tried out by the IMD.

Using a combination of satellite mapping and ground-based observation, the model is called “Flash Flood Guidance System.”

Like India, several Southeast Asian countries depend on the monsoon and are prone to its vagaries. The proposed model would provide forecasts by computing the likelihood of rainfall and the soil moisture levels to warn of possible floods, added the report.

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