The Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment has decided to constitute ‘Extreme Weather Forecasting and information Dissemination Mechanism’ headed by Rishi Ram Sharma, Director General at the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology to prevent human casualties caused by severe weather induced by tropical cyclones.
The mechanism will have five members.
On October 14, a blizzard and avalanches caused due to the effect of Cyclone Hudhud had killed more than 40 lives in the Annapurna Circuit, one of the best trekking routes in the world.
The mechanism includes one official each from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, Ministry of Information and Communications and Ministry of Agriculture to act as focal persons on behalf of their respective ministries.
Hari Prasad Ghimire, Under-Secretary at MoSTE, said the task force may invite expert agencies, including the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, to attend its meeting when required.
The MoSTE has also decided to request the MoIC to provide a toll free number to DoHM to update and disseminate weather forecasts and other related information on its official website.
“The concerned agencies will also make necessary arrangements to display weather information in concerned offices of tourism and hotel entrepreneurs, checkpoints of tourism protected area, airports, offices authorised to issue trekking permit, police posts, VDCs/municipalities, district police offices, district administration offices and agriculture service centres among others and to pass them on to general public,” he informed.
The MoSTE has been tasked with broadcasting weather information through various media like radio, TV and FM. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and the MoFALD will take initiatives for construction of shelters for tourists along trekking routes in remote areas which are vulnerable to blizzards.
Under-Secretary Ghimire said MoSTE will request the Ministry of Education for a provision of conducting classes on weather in school levels.
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