The joint WMO/United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Panel on Tropical Cyclones (PTC) met in Bahrain from 10 to 14 September to review and update the Tropical Cyclone Operational Plan for the region. The Plan delineates regional coordination mechanisms in tropical cyclone forecasting and warnings.
The proceedings helped Members to identify lessons learned and best practices. During the inter-sessional period, the group discussed their activities and the progress made at the national and regional levels in the three major components of the PTC programme: meteorology, hydrology and disaster risk reduction. The Coordinated Technical Plan, which also supports training and research, was reviewed along with the Annual Operating Plan for the next year and beyond, which will be updated to design a more efficient system for reducing tropical cyclone related damage.
Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Yemen, as well as observers from China and the Gulf Cooperation Council, participated in the Panel coordinated by the Bahrain Government, the Bahrain Meteorological Directorate and the WMO Regional Office for West Asia.