March 23, 2023

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  • Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has urged the Union Government to enhance the disaster fund for Himachal Pradesh as the state is prone to various types of natural disasters due to difficult topographical and climatic conditions.
  • The Chief Minister raised this demand during the inauguration function of setting up of two Doppler weather radars in the state addressed virtually from New Delhi by Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Earth Sciences.
  • These Doppler radars have been put up at Jot in Chamba district and at Murari Devi in Mandi district.
  • These radars would be able to forecast heavy rain, thunderstorm and hailstorm within 100 kilometer radius in all directions.
  • These would especially be useful for short-range forecasting.
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