About FFWC – Flood Forecasting and Warning Center


FFWC – Flood Forecasting and Warning Center at a Glance:

  • Established as a permanent entity at 8th floor WAPDA building, Motijheel, Dhaka, in 1972.
  • Chief Engineer, Hydrology and Director, Processing and Flood forecasting as controlling office.
  • Total manpower: 22
  • Received UNDP/WMO assistance from 1981 to 1986 and 1989 to 1992.
  • Danida (Denmark) technical & financial assistance from 1995 to 1997
  • Currently implementing a 5 year consolidation and strengthening programme with Danida support. Main consultant: DHI
  • Operates “Flood information Centre” as focal point in connection with Disaster Management both for Cyclone & flood.


A.   Data collection

  • Voice data ( HF Wireless network,  67 stations)
  • Mobile telephone (3 stations)
  • Telemetry System (14 stations)
  • Satellite Imagery (GMS, NOAA-12 & NOAA-14)
  • On-line data from Bangladesh Meteorological Department, including satellite and rainfall radar data

B.  Satellite Imagery:

  • Reception of NOAA-12 and NOAA-14 images via direct acquisition facilities
  • Monitoring of cloud & depression movements,  precipitation estimation from cloud temperature analysis
  • Cyclone monitoring

C.  Real Time Data Management:

  • GIS based map display showing water level and rainfall status (Flood Watch)
  • Data entry & processing
  • Automatic data exchange to and from forecasting model
  • Display of forecast water levels and discharges
  • Automatic generation of flood forecast bulletins
  • Generation of flood status at local administrative unit (thana) level
  • Automatic statistics generation

D. Flood Forecast Model:
Basis: – One dimensional fully hydrodynamic model (MIKE 11 HD) incorporating all major rivers and floodplains. This is linked to a lumped conceptual rainfall-runoff model (MIKE 11 RR) which generates inflows from catchments within the country.



  • Catchment Area = 82,000 sq. km.
  • Total length of modelled rivers = 7270 km.
  • No. of catchments =216
  • Total number of forecast stations = 30
  • Flood maps generated from model results via GIS link to model (MIKE 11 GIS)


  • Daily monsoon bulletin & river situation report
  • River level forecasts for 24, 48 and 72 hours
  • Current warning messages
  • Special flood situation report
  • Thana inundation status map
  • Flood forecast maps
  • Monthly flood report
  • Dry season bulletin (weekly)
  • Annual Flood Report

Source: FFWC Web portal. For further details please visit the website.

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About MoWR – Ministry of Water Resources

Institute of Water Modelling – IWM BD

About Bangladesh Water Development Board – BWDB

Joint Rivers Commission of Bangladesh – JRCB

RRI -River Research Institute

Water Resources and Planning Organization – WARPO

About the Ministry of Environment

Little about Bangladesh Forest research Institute – BFRI

Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute – FRI

BARI – Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute

BRRI – Bangladesh Rice Research Institute

All about Rice in one Place – BRKB

International Rice Research Institute – IRRI and Bangladesh

Ministry of Agriculture – Govt of Bangladesh

AIS – Agriculture Information service, Bangladesh

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