Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless in Niger after months of severe flooding. For flash floods, and similar events, national and local authorities were unprepared and were not able to alert the population at risk and to activate response plans.
A joint World Meteorological Organization-World Bank mission involving experts in meteorology, hydrology, civil protection, food security and geospatial data management met recently with five of the key institutions in Niger that play a role in the country’s early warning systems.
The purpose was to facilitate the delivery of timely, impact-based warnings to at-risk populations and activate location-specific preparedness plans in Niger by 2020. Advances are already made to allow local access to predictions and forecasts made available by global and regional specialized centers.