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New Delhi, May 24, 2020
India Meteorological Department (IMD) has onboarded seven services relating to weather conditions including forecast, to the Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance (UMANG) a multi-service mobile app that brings all government services on a single platform.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the UMANG App in 2017 to bring all government services on a single mobile app, with a larger goal to make the government accessible to citizens. About 660 services from 127 departments and 25 states, including utility payments, are live and more are in the pipeline, an official press release said.
The new service was inaugurated on Friday by M Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences in the presence of M Mohapatra, Director-General of IMD, and Abhishek Singh, President and CEO of National eGovernance Division (NeGD).
IMD has taken various initiatives in recent years for improvement in the dissemination of weather forecast and warning services based on latest tools and technologies. To further enhance this initiative, it has taken the leverage of Digital India Programme to utilise the “UMANG App”.
The following 7 services hosted on http://mausam.imd.gov.in web site of IMD have been onboarded to UMANG Application:
Current weather including temperature, humidity, wind speed, direction for 150 cities updated eight times a day. Information on sunrise/sunset and moonrise/moonset are also given.
The ‘Nowcast’ has three-hourly warnings of localized weather phenomena and their intensity issued for about 800 stations, and districts of India by State Meteorological Centres of IMD. In case of severe weather, its impact also is included in the warning.
City Forecast that includes Past 24 hours and a 7-day forecast of weather conditions of around 450 cities in India.
Rainfall Information- All India district Rainfall information daily, weekly, monthly and cumulative series are available.
Tourism Forecast- Past 24 hours and a 7-day forecast of weather conditions of around 100 Tourist cities in India are provided.
Warnings- The alert issued to warn citizens of approaching dangerous weather. It is colour coded in Red, Orange and Yellow are the alert levels with Red as the most severe category. Issued twice a day for all districts for the coming five days.
Cyclone- Cyclone warnings and alerts provide the track of cyclonic storms along with likely time and point of crossing of the coast. Impact based warnings, area/district wise, are issued so that appropriate preparation including the evacuation of vulnerable areas can be done.