As a part of Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP), ICIMOD together with Aaranyak-India has been implementing a project to enhance community resilience of communities to water-related hazards in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh through the establishment of flood early warning systems in selected rivers of the project area. To implement the system, ICIMOD has developed a wireless flood early warning system, which wirelessly transmits flood signals to receivers after which it is communicated manually by mobile phones to the concerned people in downstream communities.
In this regard, nine prototypes were manufactured and tested at Taudaha Lake, located along the southern fringe of the Kathmandu valley. The equipment was manufactured by Sustainable Eco-Engineering with technical support from ICIMOD. Using similar equipments, a prototype of a community based flood early warning system was installed at ICIMOD Knowledge Park at Godavari in December, which has been tested and modified by a core team of experts from ICIMOD.
The field test was conducted with a team of experts including, Raju Shrestha from the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Nepal; Dr Partha J Das from Aaranyak; and Mahendra Man Shakya and Santosh Dahal from Sustainable Eco Engineering, Nepal. From ICIMOD, Dr Arun Bhakta Shrestha, Neera Shrestha Pradhan, Sagar Ratna Bajracharya, Narendra Bajrachara, and Sundar Kumar Rai participated in the field test.
The tested system is set to be installed in project sites in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, India in May 2013.