The success of this pilot project holds the potential to catalyze its expansion across all districts of the state, offering immediate testing and sample reporting facilities to patients in remote areas of Surguja district.
The cyclone has triggered continuous light to moderate rainfall across various regions in Chhattisgarh. Since Tuesday, districts like Bastar, Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur, and Surguja have experienced intermittent rain, significantly affecting normal life.
The repercussions of Michaung extend beyond the weather as local procurement centres for paddy have come to a standstill. The persistent rain has impeded the retrieval of harvested crops from fields, exacerbating the challenges faced by farmers. Waterlogging in rice fields is resulting in substantial losses for the agricultural community.
The incessant rainfall has taken a toll on key crops in Chhattisgarh, with both tomato and paddy fields bearing the brunt. The adverse weather conditions have disrupted harvesting and cultivation activities, posing a significant threat to the livelihoods of farmers.
The state has witnessed a notable decrease in maximum temperatures by 5 to 8 degrees Celsius. However, the minimum temperatures have shown minimal variation. Pendra recorded the lowest minimum temperature at 16.6 degrees Celsius while Korba reported the highest at 27.1 degrees Celsius. Most districts are experiencing an average 6-8 degree drop in daytime temperatures.
Meteorologists anticipate that the daytime temperatures in Chhattisgarh will remain subdued over the next 24 hours. As the cloud cover disperses, further decreases in both daytime and nighttime temperatures are expected, intensifying the prevailing cold spell.
While Cyclone Michaung has currently weakened, scientists highlight the formation of a cyclonic circulation in southern Chhattisgarh, extending up to 3.1 kilometres above sea level. This system continues to bring light to moderate rainfall to various parts of the state. Over the next four days, a potential increase of 5 to 6 degrees in maximum temperatures and a decrease of 3 to 4 degrees in minimum temperatures are anticipated.
The deceased, identified as Commander Tijau Ram Bhuarya, was stationed at the 4th Battalion in the Darbha area.
The weather department has predicted snowfall and rain in the two UTs between 18 to 20 February.