A consultative meeting on the strategic action plan on early warning system in Karnali province was held in Birendranagar of Surkhet yesterday.

The meeting was organised by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Law with the support of Practical Action and Nepal Red Cross Society. At the meet, Under-secretary at the ministry Birendra KC made a presentation on the acts and regulations related to disaster in the province. He also said Emergency Operation Centres had been established in all 10 districts of the province.

On the occasion, former director general of Department of Hydrology and Meteorology Keshav Sharma said disaster mitigation work had been hampered by lack of integrated and province-level data.

UNDP Nepal's Rafique Siddique said IT officers appointed in every municipality should be better utilised for data collection and analysis.

Various stakeholders, on the occasion, stressed the need for effective enforcement of disaster mitigation and early warning system strategic plan in the province and local levels.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 21, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.