Lauding India's improved disaster risk management and accuracy of its meteorological department, the UN has said timely warnings on cyclones have helped "dramatically" reduce mortality during natural calamities.
Intermittent rains continued in large parts of Kashmir Valley and famous ski-resort Gulmarg had fresh snowfall on Tuesday while temperatures rose marginally across north Indian plains and settled at pleasant level.
In what comes as a big relief for the residents of Gujarat, Cyclone Niolfar will weaken till the time it reaches its coast, Additional Director of Ahmedabad Meteorological Centre Manorama Mohanty said on Thursday.
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is preparing itself to deal with any eventuality arising out of very severe cyclonic strom 'Nilofar' which is expected to make a landfall near Naliya village in Kutch district on November 1.
Images from INSAT-3D, which became operational in January this year, played an important role while tracking Cyclone Hudhud which hit the east coast of India on October 12, according to Indian Meteorological Department.