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World Experts Diagnose for Himalayas Flooding

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 05/10/23; October 23, 2005.]

(Source: Xinhua)
2005-10-24

More than 60 experts from various organizations and countries gathered at a seminar in the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa, Sunday to seek solutions to floods in the Himalayas Mountains.

Floods may incur serious loses to the people in China's Tibet and in the lower reaches of the rivers originating from the Himalayas region if no measures are taken to curb the natural disaster, said Gabriel Campbell, director of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMD).

Mountain flooding has been one of the major natural disasters that plague southwest China's Tibet, with the Himalayas to the south, said Dorji Cering, vice chairman of Tibet.

The official said that the Chinese government has paid great attention to the prevention and treatment of the calamity and Tibet is drafting a plan on the prevention and control of the flooding.

The experts, from the ICIMD, World Meteorological Organization, China's National Meteorological Bureau, and eight countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, will focus their discussions on the management and assessment of the risks of floods, disaster control, flooding forecast and some other areas to improve the scheme of regional flood management.


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