IMD launches impact-based cyclone warning system

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News: India Meteorological Department(IMD) has launched a dynamic, impact-based cyclone warning system.

Facts:

  • Aim: To minimise economic losses and damage to property from cyclones that hit the country’s coasts every year.
  • Features:
    • Under this, district or location will issue specific 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. 
    • 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.

Additional Facts:

  • IMD: It was established in 1875.It is an agency of the Ministry of Earth Sciences.It is the principal agency responsible for meteorological observations, weather forecasting and seismology.