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A two-day seminar titled ‘Reliable Flood Forecasting’ was held aiming at bringing together the scientists, hydrological modellers, meteorologists, planners and decision makers to develop mechanism to meet the challenges for data, model and forecasting skills for improvement of flood forecasting and early warning system in Pakistan in order to save the population affected by flood.


The United Nation Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) in collaboration with the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has launched the two-day International seminar on Reliable Flood Forecasting.


Representatives and officials from the Unesco, PMD, Government of Japan and JICA, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM), Pakistan Council for Water Resources Research (PCRWR), Indonesian Meteorological and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), Federal Flood Commission (FFC) and Irrigation Departments participated in the seminar.


Speaking at the inaugural session, chief guest NDMA Chairman Major General Muhammad Saeed Aleem said: “Some improvement in the forecasting capability of Pakistan are evident from the recent monsoon season that despite the high flooding situation in a few eastern rivers, has recorded minimum losses as compare to previous years.”


Arif Mehmood, Director General PMD said, “Pakistan remained prone to hydro-meteorological disasters like storms, drought, earthquake, and cyclones that had a bad impact on the country’s economy.”