Early Warning Systems and Their Effectiveness in Asia
Early warning systems allow communities to organize for and tackle the natural hazards. The efficiency of such systems depends on technology available, training of community, disaster preparedness and how corrupt a society is. The efficiency is measured in terms of lives saved and reduction in losses, which is directly related to the execution of response by the people and institutions. The indispensable components of the forecasting, warning and response system consist of a data source, communications, forecasts, decision support, notification, coordination, and responses. A flood forecast and warning programme should be designed to mitigate disaster. To achieve this, it is essential that all of the components of the system be functional.
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