India Meteorological Department has issued a ‘yellow’
weather warning for snowfall and rain in Himachal Pradesh. India Meteorological
department is an agency under the Ministry of Earth Sciences. It is the apex
agency responsible for meteorological observations, weather forecasting and
The IMD issues colour-coded warnings to alert
the public ahead of severe or hazardous weather conditions that can cause
disruption or damage.
IMD uses four colour codes to indicate various
categories of alerts. These colour codes are a) green, b)yellow, c)amber and d)
red. These colour codes signify the levels of caution to be taken
Green indicates “no warning” and therefore no
actions to be taken. No advisory is issued in such cases. Yellow indicates “be
updated” i.e. keeping a watch on the weather situation as it may deteriorate.
Amber indicates “be prepared”. It implies there
is an increased likelihood of extremely bad weather. IMD advises people to be
alerted. Further, government agencies should be prepared to manage situations
arising out of severe weather conditions.
Red indicates “Take action”. Red warning demands
necessary action by different agencies.