The Union Ministry of Earth Sciences has proposed to set up a Cyclone Warning Centre in Thiruvananthapuram. The centre is expected to come up by October.
The decision follows several incidents of tropical cyclones and severe weather events striking over Kerala and Karnataka coasts in the recent times. Currently, the IMD has cyclone warning centers at Chennai, Vishakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
• The centre will cater to the needs of Kerala and Karnataka. It will be equipped with all state-of-the-art infrastructure including forecasting tools to issue weather warnings and coastal bulletins, which can be useful for fishermen.
• It will further strengthen the present forecasting activity in Indian Meteorological Department’s existing office in Kerala.
Third C-Band Doppler Weather Radar to be set up to cover Northern Kerala
• The Earth Sciences Ministry is planning to set up another C-Band Doppler Weather Radar at Mangalore by end of 2019, which will cover parts of northern Kerala.
• At present, there are two Doppler Weather Radars in Kerala, at Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.
• With these 3 radars, the entire state will be covered for monitoring of rainfall and severe weather events and to adequately warn the people well in advance.
The IMD has developed several new models and tools right from nowcasts (2-3 hours) to extended range forecasts (15-20 days’ lead time) to monitor Kerala’s weather.
The Department is also planning to organise an awareness and training workshop for the state disaster management authorities of all states and other stakeholders by next month, to brief and train them on the new tools and how to make use of them for effective decision making.
The announcement follows severe flooding in Kerala, which brought the state to a complete standstill for over a week.
The South West monsoon hit the shores of Kerala on May 28 and the second spell of incessant showers that started on August 8 continued almost without a moment of stopping till August 18, resulting in one of the state’s worst floods in nearly a century.
Thirty-five out of the fifty-five dams within the state were opened for the first time in history and all five overflow gates of the Idukki Dam were opened at the same time after a gap of 26 years.
A total of 10, 28,000 people have been sheltered in 3,274 camps in the flood-hit districts across the state.