IMD To Commission 27 Doppler Radars Across The Country Covering Coastlines And Big Cities

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New Delhi: An India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said that at least 27 doppler radars would be soon commissioned across the country covering coastlines and major cities which would provide severe weather warning to stake-holders as much as six hours in advance.

"Providing information in advance about thunderstorms like the one recently reported in Bihar and Bengal helps in reducing the damage and loss of lives," IMD Director General K J Ramesh said.

He said the thunderstorm reported on May 2 caused casualties. "However, the agencies put their acts together and when the thunderstorm hit again on May 7 in parts of Bihar and Bengal its impact could be reduced," Ramesh said.

The DG said doppler radar is an important system as far as round-the-clock weather surveillance is concerned. "Very soon, 27 doppler radars would become functional across the country. They will cover important coastlines and some of the important cities including Nagpur, Bhopal, Hyderabad and others," he added.

Ramesh said the Indian Air Force is also trying to activate the radars in places like Udhampur in Punjab, Jodhpur in Rajasthan and in Coimbatore. "Soon we will have very good coverage of doppler radars combined with satellites to provide accurate weather information," the DG added. With the network of such radars, the IMD can monitor severe weather development in any part of the country and can alert the disaster management agencies.

"The information would be advanced as much as four to six hours. Such advanced warning can help the areas that are likely to be affected with severe weather. The information can be sent across the country alerting all the agencies which are dealing with the disaster management.

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