Thursday, August 06, 2009

Doppler Weather Radars (DWR) in the Sikkim Soon

Gangtok,Aug 6 : The Ministry of Earth Sciences has sanctioned six Doppler Weather Radars (DWR) in the Northeast soon and in the first phase two DWRs will be set up at Agartala and Dibrugarh (Assam).
Official sources here today said the DWR would be able forecast of any natural calamity well in advance in a small geographical area and since Tripura had witnessed heavy rainfall and flash flood, DWR would help the administration to manage any possible disaster.

In second phase four more DWRs would be set up in other parts of Assam, Nagaland, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, officials said, adding the entire hilly part of Northeast was prone to disaster.

Earlier, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) set up 50 Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) in the North-East by March 2007 and about 20 telemetry stations to monitor seismic activity. At present, IMD has 12 IMD full-time observatories, besides 23 part-time observatories and 400 rain gauge stations. The IMD had also planned to set up three Doppler weather radars for flood and weather monitoring as well as to support aviation services.

--- UNI