Floods have been a recurrent phenomenon in India and cause huge losses to lives, properties, livelihood systems, infrastructure and public utilities. Out of total geographical area, more than 40 million hectare is flood prone. Due to climate change and associated variability, in recent years floods have also occurred in areas, which were earlier not considered flood prone. It is a cause for concern that the flood related damages are showing an increasing trend. As per UNISDR report, India lost US $79.5 million in last 20 years (1998-2017) due to natural hazards, especially due to flood hazards.

Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Central Water Commission (CWC), Indian Space Research Organisation and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) have been working together to build a safer and resilient nation. We have been able to take various initiatives towards Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and preparedness through meaningful engagement with all stakeholders.

I am happy that NRSC and CWC are jointly organizing the National Conference on Flood Early Warning for Disaster Risk Reduction. Early Warning is a key element in overall Disaster Risk Management Framework. The advent of new technologies has ensured availability of real-time data of river flow alongwith high resolution hydrological data. Proper utilization of such data coupled with timely forecasting can not only reduce the impact of disasters but also minimize and prevent loss of lives, lives-stock, and property.

This Conference will provide platform to academicians, experts, research scientists, meteorologists, surveyors, engineers and decision-makers to deliberate and evolve various technological solutions for preventing or reducing the losses due to disasters.

My best wishes to the organizers and participants for the success of the Conference.

Lt Gen N C Marwah(Retd)
Member, NDMA