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IMD to team up with BSNL for sending extreme weather warnings

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has teamed up with state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to send extreme weather warnings (alerts) to people. The alerts will be about impending extreme weather conditions such as thunderstorms and heatwave.

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BSNL and IMD will send area-specific alerts to users if they happen to be at place likely to experience extreme weather conditions, even if their phone numbers do not belong to that particular telecom circle. The exercise is being carried out in an experimental stage, and if successful Ministry of Earth Sciences plans to rope in other weather agencies also.

Background

The move comes after IMD came under criticism from several quarters, including some state governments for not sending out specific alerts. Government weather forecasting agencies have limitations in disseminating information, especially in scenarios like thunderstorms where events unfold very quickly. Since these weather forecasting agencies cannot reach every individual, there must an intermediate agency that could pass on the forecast to people. Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had recently asked IMD to send weather advisories to people.

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Sagar cyclonic storm: IMD issues advisory to 5 states and 1 UT

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued advisory to Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Lakshadweep  archipelago (UT) over cyclonic storm ‘Sagar’. The cyclonic storm was developed as low pressure area in Arabian Sea which gained strength and intensified into depression and later into a cyclone ‘Sagar’. It is the first cyclonic storm of season to develop in Indian waters.

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The cyclonic storm lay cantered over Gulf of Aden, about 390 km east-northeast of Yemen’s Aden city and 560 km west-northwest of Socotra Islands. It will made landfall in coastal Somalia. Gale winds speed reaching 70-80 kilometers per hour gusting to 90 kmph are very likely around system centre covering Gulf of Aden and adjoining areas of west central and southwest Arabian Sea for some time and gradually decrease thereafter.

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