Mrutyunjay Mohapatra is appointed as IMD Chief

Mrutyunjay Mohapatra was appointed as the Chief of India Meteorological Department (IMD). He will take charge in the month of August.
Vamsi Athreya

Last Updated: Jun 09,2019 09:00 IST

Mrutyunjay Mohapatra is appointed as IMD Chief

Mrutyunjay Mohapatra is appointed as IMD Chief

09 June 2019 Current Affairs: Renowned scientist and cyclone warning specialist Mrutyunjay Mohapatra was appointed as the Chief of India Meteorological Department (IMD). His is popularly known as Cyclone man. He will take charge in the month of August. 
Mohapatra and his team at the Cyclone Warning Division (CWD) of the IMD are noted for their accurate forecasts on cyclones which have enabled the authorities to ensure early evacuation of millions of people eventually saving many lives. In the past six years, the CWD has given accurate forecasts on cyclones including when Phailin in 2013), Hudhud cyclone in 2014 and Titli in 2018 that hit the eastern coast.

India Meteorological Department
Formed on: 1875
Headquarters: New Delhi
Functions under: Ministry of Earth Sciences
Minister responsible: Harsh Vardhan
Director General: K.J. Ramesh
The IMD is responsible for the weather and climate-related forecasts in the country. It is also mandated to issue warning to people about severe weather phenomenon like cyclones, dust storms, heavy rain and snow, cold and heat waves, among others.
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