While most commentary on the #HyderabadRains has focussed on govt's response post the rains, it is staggering how the Met department (IMD) gets away with rank incompetency in their predictions.
Take a look at their prediction for yesterday. "Heavy rain in isolated places in Telangana" kehte. There was a DELUGE in Hyderabad last night (average 15cm rainfall!)! A deluge.

Why couldn't IMD give a specific warning regarding this, so that preparations could be better?
Look at the shoddy copy-paste job for the next 4 days. Is IMD saying we may witness spells of 15 cm rains across the state? What is the quantitative difference between "heavy rains" and "very heavy rains" predicted for Tuesday? We expect more than 15cm that day?
Yesterday, 18th October: Was there "heavy rainfall in isolated places in Telangana" ? No.

Deluge on 17th October in Hyderabad. Limited rainfall on the 18th. No "heavy rain" in any place in Telangana.

Why exactly is IMD let away with this?

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