PRACTICAL ACTION The Early Warner

Practical Action Nepal has shown that early warning is the cheapest way to save life from flood and other disasters

Aug. 1, 2016, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol 10, No.1,July 29,2016,(Shrawn,14,2073)

The change in the character of monsoon has brought about an increase in the destruction of property and casualties of human lives. Although Practical Action Nepal had piloted an early warning system almost a decade ago, the government is yet to expand the program nationwide and prevent the losses in lives.

Following the successful implementation of various models of early warning system in different parts of the country, Practical Action Nepal is now introducing more sophisticated and effective technologies in monitoring the floods through radars.

Along with preparing the community through training, Practical Action has been using various technologies in early warning system. Whether in the Karnali basin or Kankai, Practical Action has saved lives of hundreds of people and their property.

After successful mobilization of community in early warning system, Practical Action has now started to use the high tech method to give more accurate data to the community. It has already established a radar monitoring of TshoRolpa.

Policies and practices are generally focused on larger disastrous events, rescue and relief. But small hazards and their sources, if neglected and not mitigated in time, grow into severe hazards beyond communities’ capacity to cope.

The past experiences have shown that early warning save lives and establishing community based early warning systems in Nepal is a worthwhile endeavour.

According to Practical Action Nepal, early warning systems can be set up to avoid or reduce the impact of hazards.

As Practical Action has been working in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Nepal since 2001, there is the need of scaling up the Early Warning Systems in Nepal.

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