Sirajganj people receiving flood warning thru’ cell phones

The people of Sirajganj have started receiving flood warning through their cell phones, thanks to a recent initiative by the government and two cell phone operators – Grameenphone and TeleTalk.

Disaster Management Bureau (DMB) has taken the initiative with two mobile phone operators in the country to use Cell Broadcast System (CBS) to disseminate early warning among people and communities at risk from flood and cyclone, said a press release.

With the rise of water above danger level at Sirajganj point of the river Jamuna, the community people in Sirajganj district started receiving flood warning on their cell phones.

According to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), the water level of the river Jamuna at Sirajganj is flowing over danger level and this warning is now being broadcasted in Sirajganj district through “Cell Broadcasting Technology”.

Under this initiative, if anywhere flood is imminent, people who are at risk will start receiving broadcasts of the early warning on their mobile phone screen.

The director general, DMB spoke to deputy commissioner and UNO of some upazilas of Sirajganj confirming that the message is being disseminated properly.

The DMB is coordinating the initiative with technical assistance from Compre-hensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP).

A nation-wide coverage for flood warning message dissemination through cell broadcasts will be put into place following lessons learnt from this pilot initiative.


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