The monsoon this year did a little more than nurture the crops. Numerous floods swept away hundreds of houses and displaced thousands of people. Many lost their lives and others, a pawn of destiny, were left helpless between a rock and a hard place. The calamity wiped away hope of the people, as they looked for courage and patience for invisible relief amenities from the concerned authorities’. All they had in the name of their houses and properties, were inundated spaces, a cruel joke on their sorry circumstance.
The disaster that people faced this monsoon shouldn’t repeat again. For that, we need to adopt measures that will prevent such unfortunate events and prepare the people from potential calamities from today. Each day we put off doing that means risking the same tragedy again.
People have to be pro-active to save their lives and properties, and because of various circumstances, prevention of such events are still considered ambitious. Preparedness is what we can focus on right now. So ECCA, as an attempt to prepare the locals of Ward 7 and 8 of Mallaj Majhfant VDC of Parbat District in Dhaulagiri zone, is teaming with Li-Bird, to install Community Based Wireless Flood Early Warning System.
Mallaj Majhfant’s ground level is very near to the river water table, which makes it a danger zone for the 250 families living if flood were to come. This system is entirely based on communal activities; the people of Mallaj Majhfant rely on Tatopani, where the sensor would be installed to inform them. So it depends on the residents of both places to be communicative.
This system doesn’t save lives, it only provides the information for which, the people have to stay alert. This system helps in reducing risk by making the community alert before the disaster occurs, providing them enough lead time so that they can save themselves.
This is the first time that such system is going to be installed in Nepal. Already in use in India, the machine has been very efficient and effective to alert the downstream communities of the upcoming flood.
A single minute or a second can draw the line between life and death. With the rise of new technologies, we can hopefully thicken that line.