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Met dept to dial Nepal for rain data

Sights set on better weather and flood forecast in the state, the Met department of India has decided to initiate talks with the Nepal government for procuring meteorological data from the neighbouring country.

Incomplete weather forecast in the state because of restriction on collecting data from Nepal prompted the move. D. Pradhan, deputy director-general, regional meteorology centre, Calcutta, revealed the development on Thursday on the sidelines of Flood Meteorological Officers’ Meet, 2012.

“At present, the IMD (India Meteorological Department) has no collaboration with the meteorological department of Nepal. The coverage area of our radars and other forecast equipment is within the territorial boundary of India. Because of restriction in collection of meteorological information from the neighbouring country, our forecast for the Bihar region remains incomplete on several occasions. This issue was raised during today’s (Thursday’s) interaction as well. Thus, we would now request our ministry to initiate talks at the appropriate level in the Nepal government to resolve this issue,” Pradhan told The Telegraph at Doppler Radar Meteorological Centre, Anisabad, the venue of the two-day meet inaugurated on Thursday.

The IMD, the organiser of the event, arranged an interactive session with the user agencies at the officers’ meet with the objective of discussing application of meteorological gadgets like Doppler radars and satellites in quantitative precipitation forecast. Flood Management Information System Cell (FMISC), Government of Bihar, and Patna centre of National Institute of Hydrology participated in it. The Patna centre of Central Water Commission and Bihar State Disaster Management Authority were also invited, but none of their representatives attended it.

A.K. Samaiyar, the joint director of the FMISC, said: “The number of observation centres should be increased to develop a strong network for flood forecast. At present, the IMD establishes observation centres based on World Meteorological Organisation standards.”