Recent floods in the state have devastated the lives of many and had it not been for the early and timely assistance provided by the Central Government the damage would have been many folds.

Reports have been published that the damage could have been minimized had the meteorological department been more alert. The outdated equipments used by the department along with sluggish work speed of the department are a deadly combination.

Major steps are being undertaken by the meteorological department to overcome the anomalies in its system after experiencing the natural calamity at such a large scale.

The device will help forecasting much more accurately and before time than old observation tools, in the flooded Jammu and Kashmir state.

The spokesman said that the newly-installed system is designed to operate unattended, in harsh weather conditions and it can sustain its operation on specially designed solar power unit and the transmission from the system can be received by any helicopter within a range of 50 kilometers.

The system has been commissioned at a time when the helicopters are playing a crucial role in relief and rescue operations in the entire state, which is reeling under an unprecedented flood situation.

Talking about the system, LS Rathore, Director General of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said this new system in Katra, will help visitors know about the weather condition beforehand.

A special weather forecast is issued by IMD for Amarnath temple pilgrims during the pilgrimage period and same is made available on the IMD website.

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