Government prepares for impacts of cyclone Nilofar

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Oct 28, 2014-

Concerned over the possible impacts of cyclone Nilofar that is approaching towards northern Gujarat in India, the government has decided to put precautionary measures in place to avoid any unwanted events in Nepal.

A meeting of the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers held on Tuesday to discuss on the possible repercussions of cyclone Nilofar developed over the Arabian Sea on Saturday directed government officials to remain alert and put appropriate measures in place to provide proper information and updates on the changing weather phenomenon. The government has come up with precautionary measures beforehand after facing disastrous consequences due to cyclone Hudhud in second week of this month that killed more than three dozen people in the high mountainous region of the country.

The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) has been asked to identify places that are likely to see heavy rains, snowfall and strong storms due to the possible impact of Nilofar and relay the information to various tourist information centres through the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.

Weather forecast information will be shared through various mediums such as radio, television and print media, the statement said.

The meeting has further asked the forecasting division to timely share the updated weather forecast in its website. Tourism related organisations and institutions along with the local administration shall also be advised not to let trekkers travel in potential impact areas in the mountainous region. The DHM and related forecasting divisions are requested to take help in getting updated weather forecast information from neighbouring countries.

According to Shanti Kandel, a meteorologist at Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD), the impact of Nilofar is likely to be observed in November 1 in some parts of the country. “The remnants of the cyclone may affect the western region of Nepal by Saturday,” she said.

The cyclone is expected to make landfall over coastal areas of north Gujarat and the adjoining Pakistan coast by November 1. After the landfall, the cyclone shall rapidly deteriorate, according to MFD.

Published: 29-10-2014 08:49

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