This paper uses the unprecedented October 2021 rainfall over Nepal as a case study to discuss the barriers to the effective use of the early warning system (EWS) in achieving disaster mitigation objectives. It focuses on the dissemination of weather information of that event and the bottlenecks that prevented it from being used to minimize damage. In doing so, the paper examines the mechanisms and functionalities in Nepal’s disaster risk reduction and management architecture. The recommendations present corrective measures that would make the system more robust and help in saving lives, property and livelihoods.
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