Need To Work Together To Tackle Calamities: IMD Head

Namrata Devikar
Sunday, 3 November 2019

“In many cases, the IMD has perfectly predicted extreme weather events. And all our information is publicly available on our website. The authorities, as well as the citizens, have to trust our predictions. We all have to work hand in hand to avoid an unfortunate event,” said Kashyapi.

Pune: Warnings about extreme climatic conditions like heat waves and cyclones have been effectively conveyed to the public, preventing loss of life and property, as had happened during cyclone ‘Fani’ in Odisha.

Amidst such shining instances of extreme weather fluctuations being expertly handled to avoid calamities, we experienced a big black blot in Maharashtra where ineffective communication between the government and the weather forecasters led to massive chaos during the Kolhapur and Sangli floods.

A city like Pune, which is being developed into a Smart City, also reported waterlogging after continuous rainfall during and after the southwest monsoon. In just three months, Pune received its annual quota of rain. This led to flooding in many residential complexes. Loss of life made matters tragic.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the Pune District Collector’s office accepted the glitch in the region and, now, want to focus on avoiding such disastrous situations.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Anupam Kashyapi, Head of Weather at IMD, lamented people’s lack of confidence in the weather forecasting agencies. “In many cases, the IMD has perfectly predicted extreme weather events. And all our information is publicly available on our website. The authorities, as well as the citizens, have to trust our predictions. We all have to work hand in hand to avoid an unfortunate event,” said Kashyapi.

Talking about how the administrative team is gearing up for future challenges, Pune District Collector Naval Kishor Ram said that there are different approaches for rural and urban areas.

“In urban areas, the focus is on low-lying areas. We are also checking various areas for encroachment where waterlogging can affect residents. There have been many instances of encroachment near the river where it has flooded and destroyed property,” said Ram.  He also added that there is a need for blue line implementation in the city. 

“On the one hand, the city reported waterlogging and all dams were full in the first week of August. There was excess rainfall,” Ram said. Central Maharashtra reported excess rainfall, whereas Marathwada was hit with drought during the monsoon. And now, the region faces the tragedy of destroyed crops due to unseasonal continuous rains.

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