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Met department plans hyper local forecast to fight city floods

By 2017 monsoon, IMD would have a model to warn civic authorities about rain over a specific area to prevent disasters

Sanjeeb Mukherjee  |  New Delhi 

India Meteorological Department (IMD) is planning to expand its operations from only providing weather and climate updates to focus on issuing warnings on disasters and developing a calamity-management system.

With floods in cities becoming regular — last year in Chennai; this year in Pune, Bengaluru and Gurgaon — and throwing life out of gear, the Met department is developing a model to predict the exact amount of rain over small areas, at least four to six hours before the actual downpour. The localised predictions would help civic bodies, traffic police and rescue teams ...

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First Published: Mon, August 08 2016. 00:56 IST