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Panel on Tropical Cyclones

for the Bay of Bengal & the Arabian Sea

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Welcome to PTC

WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones was established in response to the request made by a Meeting of Experts on Tropical Cyclones in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. It was in October, 1970 when these experts from the countries around the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea were assembled by WMO and ESCAP in Dhaka to consider how to tackle the periodic heavy losses of life and increasing economic damage brought to the area by devastating tropical cyclones. During the meeting, it was decided to create an intergovernmental body and to name it the WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones (PTC). The first session of the PTC was held in 1973.

Currently, the Panel is composed of eight Members; Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Panel region covers a vast expanse of the North Indian Ocean and contains a large and diverse range of ecosystems, including deserts, forests, rivers, lakes and seas. The desert extends from Oman into Pakistan and northwest India. This region includes the highest mountains, the rainiest areas and the driest deserts, with their associated variation in culture and biodiversity.

 


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