The Nepal Department of Hydrology and Meteorology is providing regularly updated weather forecasts on its website to support the growing international relief operation in the wake of the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25 April. Many staff have lost relatives and homes and are struggling to cope without electricity.
According to the Meteorological Forecasting Division of Nepal, operations are running relatively smoothly. Forecasts on the website are being updated on a regular basis and communicated to the media. State-run radio is providing weather information every two to three hours, and TV stations are regularly consulting the Department’s website.
The China Meteorological Administration (CMA) provided vital emergency response support to Nepal through the special provision of data and forecast guidance products.
Nepal recently implemented the China Meteorological Satellite Broadcast System (known as CMACast) and the Meteorological Information Comprehensive Analysis and Processing System (MICAPS). These systems do not rely on local communication infrastructure and thus served as the main weather forecast platform of Nepal’s Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) in the first 24 hours when the local internet failed.
The weather forecasts generated by this integrated system provided important support for the initial phases of earthquake relief. This is the first time that the integrated system demonstrated its emergency response capabilities.
The World Meteorological Organization is committed to providing any assistance that may be required by the Government of Nepal.
Updates on the international relief efforts, damage and casualties figures are available here.