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Why cloudburst forecast in India still remains elusive

GS Paper 1

Syllabus: Geography


Source: The Hindu

Cloudbursts are defined by the amount of rainfall. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), 100 mm of rain in an hour is called a cloudburst. Usually, cloudbursts occur over a small geographical region of 20 to 30 sq. km.

In India, cloudbursts often occur during the monsoon season, when the southwesterly monsoon winds bring in copious amounts of moisture inland. The moist air that converges over land gets lifted as they encounter the hills.

Cloudbursts, hence, occur mostly over the rugged terrains of the Himalayas, the Western Ghats, and the northeastern hill States of India. The heavy spells of rain on the fragile steep slopes trigger landslides, debris flows, and flash floods, causing large-scale destruction and loss of people and property.





Prelims Link:

  1. Reasons for Cloudburst.
  2. Consequences
  3. Mitigation measures