Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Saturday urged the Union government to upgrade the technology and strengthen the capacity of the regional weather center here to ensure timely weather forecasting, saying it does not is unable to foresee the “red alert situation” in advance, which has hampered the state’s preparatory action. .
Highlighting the surprise heavy rains in Chennai on December 30, Stalin, in a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, quotes extensively from the bulletins of the Indian Meteorological Department and the Regional Meteorological Center of that day. By the time an “orange alert” was issued at 4:15 pm that day, there was already heavy rains in Chennai and 3 neighboring districts, resulting in flooding of many places and total disruption of traffic. , did he declare.
As the rains started to hit Chennai and its suburbs from the afternoon and lasted until late at night, the CM said the noon bulletin forecast light to moderate showers in some areas. city and an alert issued at 3:40 p.m. for light to moderate rains in isolated areas. locations in Chennai and neighboring districts for 1-2 hours.
The state government has relied heavily on warnings issued by IMD’s regional weather center in Chennai to prepare the administration to deal with looming disasters resulting from heavy rains, Stalin said.
“A timely alert from IMD helps the state and district administration make preventative efforts to keep people safe. We have noted, however, that IMD is unable to predict the red alert situation well in advance, leaving little time. This is an important question, Stalin said and added that it affects the ability of the state government to respond to red alert rainfall situations.
IMD’s insufficient capacity to “provide an accurate real-time rainfall forecast in cases like this often prevents the state and district administration from mobilizing the water management system in a timely manner. emergency room “.
“This results in a total disruption of normal life, the movement of health care support systems and also causes loss of life and damage to critical infrastructure.” Such cases have highlighted the need for further investment in the advanced weather forecasting mechanism and upgrading the technology used in IMD, he said.
“In this regard, I call on the Government of India to take the necessary steps to strengthen the capacity of IMD, Chennai, to enable it to anticipate high alert situations earlier and notify the state government accordingly. on time.
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