Source: The post is based on the article “Union Minister says, Entire Country will be covered by Doppler Weather Radar Network by 2025 to predict extreme weather events more accurately” published in PIB on 15th January 2023.
What is the News?
The Union Minister of Earth Sciences has said, Entire Country will be covered by the Doppler Weather Radar Network by 2025 to predict extreme weather events more accurately.
What are Doppler Weather Radars(DWRs)?
Significance of DWRs for disaster mitigation:
The DWRs will be used to observe the extent and intensity of rainfall and cloud formations and to monitor thunderstorms and lightning in real time.
This technology can prove to be an important tool to prevent disasters in many states, specifically the ones affected by thunderstorms, lightning, floods and heavy rains.
Among all extreme weather events in India in 2022, thunderstorms and lightning claimed the highest 1,285 lives (58% of total casualties of 2,227) followed by floods and heavy rains (835).
What are the other plans of the Government for disaster mitigation?
India Meteorological Department(IMD) has plans to:
Firstly, establish 720 District Agro Meteorological Units (DAMUs) to provide farmers with more specific farm-related advisories and forecasts by 2025.
Secondly, increase the number of agro-meteorological service facilities from 3,100 blocks in 2023 to 7,000 blocks in 2025.
Thirdly, include Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati in its urban flood warning system which is already operational in Mumbai and Chennai.