Bangladesh enquires for Flood Data from India

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At a recent Joint River Commission meeting with Bangladesh, the subject was covered. On Thursday, the Joint Rivers Commission of India and Bangladesh held its 38th ministerial meeting in New Delhi.

For more accurate and extended lead time flood forecasts in the nation, Bangladesh has requested flood data from upstream stations on the Ganga, Brahmaputra, Barak, and other rivers. However, India has insisted that Dhaka already receives enough data to do so, according to sources. In order to prepare for any unforeseen circumstances, India has from this season on extended the period of flood data transmission to Bangladesh up to October 31.

At a recent Joint River Commission meeting with Bangladesh, the subject was covered. On Thursday, the Joint Rivers Commission of India and Bangladesh held its 38th ministerial meeting in New Delhi.Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, a minister for Jal Shakti, served as the head of the Indian delegation. State Minister for Water Resources Zaheed Farooque served as the leader of the delegation from Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi delegation also included the deputy minister for water resources, Enamul Hoque Shameem.

Bangladesh has requested more upstream stations on the Ganga, Brahmaputra, Barak, and other rivers’ flood data in order to provide accurate and longer-lead time flood forecasts for the country, but India has insisted that it is already providing the neighbouring nation with enough information to do so. The sources added that India had extended the earlier deadline of October 15 for flood data transmission to October 31. The technical committee will create a standard operating procedure or protocol for sharing flood data, and until then, the current system will continue to function, it was also decided at the meeting.

By Subhechcha Ganguly

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