Bhubaneswar, August 1 (LocalWire): Renowned scientist Mrutyunjay Mohapatra was today appointed as the chief of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
The IMD is country’s apex body that deals with weather and climate-related forecasts.
It sounds warnings, alerting people about severe weather phenomenon such as cyclones, dust storms, heavy rain and snow, cold and heat-waves, among others.
Mohapatra, who is scientist ‘G’ in the IMD, hails from Rajgurpur in Bhadrak districtis the first Odia to don the mantle of IMD chief bringing glory for the state.
Elected to the executive council of World Meterogical Organization (WMO) in Geneva this year, Mohapatra was earlier nominated as India’s permanent member to WMO.
A team of scientists led by Mohapatra had done a commendable job in accurately forecasting Cyclone ‘Fani’ that barreled through the Odisha’s coast on 3 May, triggering loss of life and property.
The perfect forecast had prompted the government to evacuate thousands of people from vulnerable areas, thereby saving precious lives.