TN CM STALIN ASKS CENTRE TO ENHANCE IMD’S CAPACITY, SAYS MET DEPT MISSED PREDICTING CHENNAI RAIN THIS WEEK

Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin sent a letter to Uniojn home ministry, highlighting the shortcomings in forecasts made by India Meteorological Department (IMD). He also called for additional investments in advanced weather prediction mechanism. The letter was sent after intense rains in the state on December 30 and 31.

“I request the Government of India to do the needful to enhance the capacity of IMC, Chennai to enable it to make predictions of high alert situations earlier and notify the same to the state government well in time.”

Tamil Nadu’s capital Chennai and nearby areas witnessed heavy rainfall on the last two days of 2021.

In his letter to Union home minister Amit Shah, Stalin said that the alerts from the IMC in Chennai were used by the state government in preparing for disaster situations. “We have, however, noted that IMC is unable to predict red alert situation sufficiently in advance giving hardly any time,” he said.

News Source : Hindustan Times

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