Flood warning systems offer a large potential for reducing human losses and property damage in flood-prone regions. This article illustrates why official organized systems should not be relied on completely in either developing or developed societies. It then discusses an indigenous flood warning system in a rural area of Eastern India, its value, and its importance in providing an alternative means of detecting, interpreting, and relaying flood warning information to the ultimate users of this information, i.e., those populations most “at risk” from floods.
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Schware, R. Flood information systems: Needs and improvements in Eastern India. Environmental Management 8, 55–65 (1984). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01867873