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Mumbai to get 200 rain gauges, new automated weather stations to be installed in Kerala: Vardhan

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government has decided to add 200 rain gauges in and install 100 new automated stations in Kerala, said Monday.

had witnessed unprecedented rains last year resulting in large-scale flooding and loss of lives and property.

On a specific request from the government, the Meteorological Department will install new automated stations, including rain gauges, to monitor activities in the state, the said.

said the (IITM) and the IMD are developing for thunderstorm lightning.

The IITM has also developed a mobile App called 'Damini' to give alerts on impending lightning activity over the area. He said the IITM has already installed 48 lightning sensors around the country which can locate the thunderstorm activities on real-time.

Last year, over 200 people had died across the north Indian plains due to thunderstorm.

He said work to further develop the application is in progress and the advanced version will be unveiled when "our new government takes charge", said.

The said, "The IITM, with the help of the Meteorology Department (IMD) and the (BMC) is installing a new dense network over city with 200 rain gauges.

"In addition 3 X-band and one S-Band radar will be also installed so that a merged rainfall data set at 2 km resolution will be prepared and made available to public on real-time. This facility will help the city administration and general public to know the prevailing rainfall situation in the city on real-time basis. For this purpose, already a mobile App has been developed," Vardhan added.

The financial capital of the country is known for flooding due to heavy rains. The city currently has 25 rain gauges and only one S-Band radar.

The IMD is strengthening the and by the end of this year, 10 new X-band weather radars will be installed over northwest states, namely Jammu and Kashmir, and Uttarakhand.

He said 11 more C-band radars will be installed by the IMD by 2020 over the plains of India, including one over and one over

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 22:40 IST