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IMD plans to launch dynamic, impact-based cyclone warning system

Under the cyclone warning system, district or location specified tailored warnings, which will factor in the infrastructure, local population, settlements, land use as well as other elements will be disseminated and prepared.

Oct 8, 2020 19:14 IST
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Mrutunjay Mohapatra, Director General of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has informed that the department will release the dynamic and impact-based cyclonic warnings for the districts this season. The move will help in minimizing the economic losses and damages to the property due to the intense weather system.

The major impact can be seen in the pre and post-monsoon months from the cyclone season. The storms during the month of October to December, particularly in the Bay of Bengal, ravage the eastern coast and damage property.

Until now, IMD only gives a warning about the kind of damage that can be expected during the cyclone. Mr. Mohapatra added that with India’s growing economy, the aim is to reduce the loss and damage to property and infrastructure and the dynamic, impact-based warning about cyclone will be commissioned from this season.

What will happen under the new system?

Under the cyclone warning system, district or location specified tailored warnings, which will factor in the infrastructure, local population, settlements, land use as well as other elements will be disseminated and prepared.

All the disaster management agencies will also make the extensive use of geological, cartographic, and hydrological data available for the concerned district. The Director General further explained that if a district is to be hit by a wind up to 160 kmph, the system will warn about the kind of infrastructure that will likely get damaged and these can be mapped.

Plan to minimise the loss during the cyclones:

While speaking on ‘Chasing the Cyclones’, Mr. Mohapatra noted that the new system will give specific warnings that will be helpful in avoiding the economic loss and damage to infrastructure.

The National Disaster Management Authority has been executing the project and has been developing a web-based Dynamic Composite Risk Atlas which is in collaboration with the coastal states and IMD.

The IMD director also reviewed the preparedness ahead of the season and pointed out that damage caused due to cyclones has been increasing worldwide.

At the meeting which was attended by the officials of different departments, the Director stressed the need of fixing the mistakes. He also pointed out the need of developing a fool-proof response and triggering mechanism along with active participation from all the stakeholders.

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