J&K collaborates with UK Space Agency programme for flood forecasts

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New Delhi (NVI): Jammu and Kashmir has joined hands with UK Space Agency programme on impact based flood forecasting, to provide framework to predict floods and their risks.

J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha’s office took to twitter and made the announcement and termed the programme as the next step of flood forecasting services.

“J&K joining hands with UK Space Agency’s programme for ‘Impact Based Flood Forecasting using Earth Observation based Information’ project. Impact-based forecasting is next step of flood forecasting services.” Office of LG J&K tweeted.

“Initiative to provide framework to predict fluvial flood risks, in terms of expected loss to life, injuries to people, building collapse, infrastructure disruption and economic damage,” another tweet read.

Sinha further said that having impact-based forecasts of flood risk will be useful for efficient, effective contingency planning and swift evaluation of severity for necessary response.

In Jammu and Kashmir, there is no effective impact based flood forecasting mechanism in place as such. Therefore, it is a big initiative taken by the J&K Lieutenant Governor, which will help to predict fluvial flood risks.

The framework will be capable of being linked to any existing or future flood flow forecasting system and the UT government will not have to bear any expenses on the project.

According to the media reports, the programme, recently established by UK Space Agency, supports collaborative projects between UK organizations and international partners.

The programme is undertaken by HR Wallingford in collaboration with Oxford University, Sayers & Partners (SPL) and D-Orbit (UK).