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IFNet Newsletter Vol. 34
June 2006 / IFNet secretariat

1. Global Flood Alert System (GFAS) runs on a trial basis!
2. IFNet presented its activities and introduced the GFAS at the 4th Mekong Flood Forum
3. Report on IFNetfs 2 sessions at the 4th WWF in Mexico available
4. gWORST FLOODSh updated with the flood disasters in Thailand and Colombia

1. Global Flood Alert System (GFAS) runs on a trial basis!
A trial version of the Global Flood Alert System (GFAS) is running on the IFNet website! GFAS converts the satellite precipitation estimates which the NASA makes public on its website into useful information for flood forecasting and warning, such as global/regional rainfall maps, text data, and provides heavy rain information by precipitation probability estimates. GFAS can also send heavy rain information via email to the registered addresses beforehand. For inquiries or requesting to receive heavy rain notice emails from the GFAS, contact the IFNet secretariat. Your valuable feedback to the system is also highly appreciated.

GFAS page:
http://gfas.internationalfloodnetwork.org/gfas-web/

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2. IFNet presented its activities and introduced the GFAS at the 4th Mekong Flood Forum
The 4th Annual Mekong Flood Forum with the theme gImproving Flood Forecasting and Warning Systems for Flood Management and Mitigation in the Lower Mekong Basinh has been held on 18-19 May 2006 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. About 120 persons have participated from MRC member countries, international organizations, governmental agencies, NGOs and private sectors etc. IFNet presented its activities and introduced the GFAS project in a poster session.We have uploaded a personal report of Mr. Yoichi Iwami, a former advisor at the Mekong River
Commission secretariat, on our website.

Report on the 4th Mekong Flood Forum (Reported by Mr. Yoichi Iwami):
http://www.internationalfloodnetwork.org/04/4thMFF.html

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3. Report on IFNetfs 2 sessions at the 4th WWF in Mexico available
On March 21, when the day is devoted for the framework theme "Risk Management", IFNet held a joint session; hSharing Experiences about Local Actions taken for Water and Typhoon related Disaster Reductionh with the WMO/UNESCAP typhoon committee (TC), and co-convened the session gPeople-centered Early Warning System for Water-Related Disastersh with the UN/ISDR. A report on the IFNet sessions in Mexico can be seen at the link below. All the presentation can be downloaded.

Report on the IFNet sessions at the 4th WWF:
http://www.internationalfloodnetwork.org/WWF4/WWF4_sp.html

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4. gWORST FLOODSh updated with the flood disasters in Thailand and Colombia
Flood disasters attacked Colombia and Thailand recently and severely damaged. IFNet is providing compact information about worldfs flood disasters which claimed more than 50 lives at WORST FLOODS 2006 on the IFNet website.

IFNet WORST FLOODS 2006:
http://www.internationalfloodnetwork.org/common/ifnet_worstflood_eng_2006.html

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