Participants in the Trans-Boundary Flood Resilience Project from LWR and the village of Susta, Nepal.

An LWR Early Warning Project Makes News in Nepal

The Trans-Boundary Flood Resilience Project on the India/Nepal Border Saves Lives

A Lutheran World Relief project to reduce the destruction caused by flooding on the border of Nepal and India is attracting regional attention.

The Trans-Boundary Flood Resilience Project recently won a prestigious $1 million Water Window Challenge grant, sponsored by the Z Zurich Foundation and the Global Resilience Partnership. The project recently hosted a national meeting, the National Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on Strengthening Flood Early Warning Systems in Nepal, that received significant media coverage.

The Himalayan Times, Nepal’s largest English-language newspaper, covered the event and quoted LWR’s program director, Narayan Gyawali on how disaster risk reduction, including early warning systems, can save lives.

Participants of a ‘National Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on Strengthening Flood Early Warning System in Nepal’ today stressed on sector-based weather forecasting system.
Programme Director at Lutheran World Relief, Narayan Gyawali, said people lost their lives in natural disasters annually due to lack of early warning system.
“As many as 14 people could have been saved from Hudhud cyclone’s effect in 2014, but lack of weather information led to their death,” he said, adding, “The agriculture sector, which is the backbone of the country’s economy, also faces the same problem.”

The event was also covered by the Nepali-language press. Here is a clip by the Katmandu-based Nagarik News.

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