Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba district on Monday hit by cloudbursts at least two villages. Reportedly killing a 15-year-old boy and prompting vacating of some houses, officials said Monday. The Chamba district emergency operation centre (DEOC) said Bhadoga and Kandhwara villages struck by sudden heavy downpours in the intervening night of Sunday and Monday, according to news agency PTI report.
The Himachal Pradesh disaster management department said that at Bhadoga, Vijay Kumar (15) died and two other people experienced injuries due to the cloudburst. While at Kandhwara, a PWD bridge over Shalei Kandhwara nullah and agricultural land harmed. The report further mentioned that, five houses in the nearby Gulel village emptied due to the deluge and people removed to safer places.
Meanwhile, in another development, IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra on Sunday said that climate change has impeded the ability of forecasting agencies to accurately forecast severe events and the India Meteorological Department is establishing more radars and updating its high-performance computing system to meet the challenge. He also said that though the monsoon rainfall has not shown any important trend in the country, the number of heavy rainfall events has surged and that of light rainfall events has declined due to climate change.
The effect-based forecast will upgrade to become “more granular, specific and accurate” by 2025 and IMD will be able to proffer forecasts up to panchayat level clusters and particular areas in cities in the coming years, the IMD chief told PTI in an interview. “Climate change has escalated the instability in the atmosphere, leading to an escalation in convective activity — thunderstorms, lightning and heavy rainfall. The intensity of cyclones in the Arabian Sea is also increasing.
“This rise in the frequency of extreme weather events is posing a challenge to forecasters. Studies show that the ability to forecast heavy rainfall impeded due to climate change,” he said. “We have initiated six radars in the northwest Himalayas and four more will installed this year. The implementation process is on for eight radars in the northeast Himalayan region, the report said.
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