The Thirty-first Session of the Panel on
Tropical Cyclones for the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea held in Colombo
from 1 to 6 March 2004. It was attended by 37 participants representing
seven of the eight Member countries of the Panel, namely Bangladesh,
India, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand as well as
observers from China, Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC),
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Indian Institute of
Technology (IIT)-Kharagpur, International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
(ISDR) and Saudi Arabia. The session was also attended by representatives
from WMO, UNESCAP and the Technical Support Unit (TSU) of the Panel.
Panel has adopted in principle the list of names, submitted by the
Members, for the cyclones in the subregion. The list had been prepared,
after a long period of consultation among the countries, by the Working
Group on Cyclone Names established by the Panel about five years ago. It
is expected that this would lead to increased visibility of the Panel.
the Panel request, UNESCAP conducted a spontaneous survey during the
Session to formulate the broad goals for the five components of the
Panel’s Work Programme and priority areas in each component. The findings
were adopted by the Panel to form the framework to guide the Working Group
on its Coordinated Technical Plan. In this connection, the Panel decided
to re-establish the Working Group on its Coordinated Technical Plan so as
to strengthen impacts of collaboration among the Members.
Panel agreed to participate in the UN World Conference on Disaster
Reduction in Kobe in 2005 and requested WMO, UNESCAP and other
collaborating organizations to assist in mobilizing resources to enhance
participation of the Panel in the World Conference.
delegation of Sri Lanka expressed appreciation of UNESCAP in providing
advisory services on strengthening its capacity to deal flash flood,
including the arrangement to enable two meteorologists to be trained at
the National Weather Services of USA recently. It requested further
assistance to enable it to effectively provide adequate warnings and
forecasts on flash floods.