IMD tests impact-based forecast in Hyderabad

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Hyderabad: The India Meteorological Department has launched an impact-based forecast for heavy rainfall on an experimental basis in the city, with the idea being to alert the public on the possible impact of heavy rainfall, including water pooling on roads, traffic congestion and so on.

The initiative, launched recently in Hyderabad, has been on the cards for quite some time and comes with a forecast, impact expected and activity suggested (for officials and the public), all with different colour codes (green, yellow, orange and red) based on the risk level.

The forecast for Hyderabad city and its neighbourhood on Wednesday, issued at 4.30 pm said ‘generally cloudy sky and light to moderate rain or thundershowers very likely in many parts and intense spells at times in one or two areas of the city.

The impact expected for the yellow colour coded alert, which meant a low risk level, included ‘water pooling on roads and low-lying areas in few/many locations; Traffic congestion at many locations; wet and slippery roads; tree and electric poles falling; electricity, water and other social disturbances for a few hours; and drainage clogging.

The activity suggested included restricted movement; necessary advisory to be issued by the municipal corporation for displaying the warnings and necessary action for clearing water; advisory to be issued by road, rail traffic departments for traffic regulation and also advising the response forces to take necessary action.

The forecast can be checked on the website, www.imdhyderabad.gov.in, or the details be taken over toll free number 1800220161.


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