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Working Group on Hydrology (WG-H)

In order to coordinate efforts on the implementation of various programmes and activities related to hydrology with the aim to better support the socio-economic development process in the PTC region and to help accomplish the strategic goals and objectives as mentioned under the Hydrological Component of the Coordinated Technical Plan of the WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones (PTC) for the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, the PTC has establishedWorking Group on Hydrology (WGH), as decided during 39th Session of PTC (Myanmar, 5-9 March, 2012) with the following Terms of Reference and operational modalities.

Term of Reference

The WGH will promote cooperation among the Members in the implementation of various programmes and activities under the Hydrological Component of the PTCs Coordinated Technical Plan with the aim to support the socio-economic development process and enhance cooperation among the Member in all the five major components towards this end. The WGH is expected to advise and assist the PTC in:


  •  Identifying priority issues and areas of cooperation in the Hydrological Component;

  •  Promote and facilitating the exchange of experiences and knowledge on the latest developments and techniques related to the above issues and areas;

  •  Coordinating and implement priority activities and programmes of the PTC aiming at strengthening capacity of the Members in hydrology and water resources;

  •  Mobilizing resources to carry out priority activities of the PTC related to the Hydrological Component;

  •  Developing Annual Operating Plan (AOP) for hydrology and reporting on the activities under the AOP;

  •  Reporting overall progress in the implementation of the Hydrological Component of PTCs Coordinated Technical Plan;

  •  Recommending to the PTCs priority areas, programmes and activities for cooperation in hydrological research by related experts of the Members; and

  •  Performing any other task as assigned by the PTC



All Member countries will be represented at the WGH.

Pakistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh will be the Chair and Vice-chairs of the WGH respectively. The PTC invites WMO and ESCAP to continue their involvement in the work of WGH. The PTC also requests to other concerned agencies to participate in the activities of WG-H.

The term of service on the WGH is 1 year, which shall be automatically extended for similar durations unless modified or terminated by the PTC.

Operation Modalities


In view of the limited financial resources of the PTC Trust Fund, the WGH is expected to perform its work through email and other means. The WG members shall meet if necessary.

Reporting Requirements

The Chairperson of the WGH is required to submit annual report on WGH activities with regards to the implementation of Coordinated Technical Plan through PTC Secretariat to the PTC Chairperson and the PTC Members for their consideration under the framework of the PTC. This report will include recommendations related to priority activities to be undertaken in the coming years


List of Focal Points for PTC Working Group on Hydrology (WG-H)

PTC Member Countries

Name & Affiliation

Contact Details


(Vice Chair)

Mr. Mosaddeque Hossain,

Superintending Engineer,

Processing & Flood Forecasting Circle,

Bangladesh Water Development Board , WAPDA Bhaban, Motijheel, Dhaka-1000



Fax: +88 02 9557386

Cell +8801557566522

Email: mhbuet82@gmail.com



Mr. S.B. Tyagi

Scientist E (Hydrology)

India Meteorological Department

Mausam Bhavan,

Lodi Road, New Delhi 110003



Tel: +91-11-4382 4432


Email: sbtyagi56@gmail.com


Mr. Ahmed Rasheed

Senior Meteorologist

National Meteorological Centre

Maldives Meteorological Service

Hulhule' 22000



Tel:  +960 3323084   Ext' 226

Cell: +960 7768565

Fax: +960 3320021

Email: rasheed@meteorology.gov.mv

Web: www.meteorology.gov.mv



(Vice Chair)

Ms. Htay Htay Than

Assistant Director

Hydrological Division,

Office No. 5,

Department of Meteorology and Hydrology, Nay Pyi Taw



Tel:  +95 094 9218264

Fax: +95 67 411254

Email: HHThan.DMH@gmail.com



Mr Khatir Khamis Al-Farsi

Head of Water Resources Monitoring Section

Directorate General Of Water Resources Assessment Water Resources Monitoring Department

Ministry Of Regional Municipalities & Water Resources
P.O. Box 461 Postal code 112 Ruwi
Sultanate Of Oman

Tel:  +968 24494453

Cell: +968 99740285

Email: khfa3231@hotmail.com






Mr. Muhammad Riaz

Chief Meteorologist

Flood Forecasting Division

Pakistan Meteorological Department

46 Jail Road, Lahore



Tel: +92 42 99200208

Cell:+92 300 8026286

Fax:+92 42 99200209

Email: riaz1962@hotmail.com


Sri Lanka

Ms. P. Hettiarachchi


Department of Irrigation,

Sri Lanka


Tel: +94 11 258 1636

Email: hyphettiarachchi@yahoo.com



Mr. Thada Sukhapunnaphan

Director of Hydrology Division

Office of Water Management and Hydrology,

Royal Irrigation Department (RID),

811 Samsen Road, Dusit,

Bangkok 10300, Thailand


Tel:  +662 699 5048

Cell: +6684 700 5311

Fax:  +662 699 5048

Email: Thada999@yahoo.com





Mr. Amin Ahmed Mohamed


Fax: + 967 01 419770

Tel: + 967 01 419771

Email: yms@yms.gov.ye


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