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Areas under PaK now in IMD’s forecast

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New Delhi: The IMD’s Regional Meteorological Centre has started including cities under Pakistan-administered-Kashmir in its forecasts, a departure from its earlier format, officials said on Thursday.

The IMD has started including Gilgit-Baltistan and Muzaffarabad, which are parts of PaK, under the Jammu and Kashmir meteorological sub-division since May 5, said Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the Regional Meteorological Department that gives forecast for the northwest meteorological division of the IMD.

IMD Director General M Mohapatra said they have been mentioning areas under PaK under its daily weather bulletin ever since the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir in the two union territories August last year.

However, officials said it is now being mentioned explicitly under the Jammu and Kashmir subdivision.

These cities of PaK have now found a place in the overall forecast of the northwest division.

ctor General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said, “IMD has been issuing weather bulletin for the entire Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh area. We are mentioning Gilgit-Baltistan, Muzaffarabad in the bulletin as they are the parts of India.”

For a long time, IMD has been issuing severe weather forecasts for Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal etc. “We were mentioning this information in our national bulletin. For the past two days, we have started mentioning this information in our regional bulletin,” he said.(With inputs from agencies)

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