Pact signed to predict lightning 45 minutes in advance

Perturbed over surging deaths due to lightning, the Odisha Government on Wednesday signed a pact with US-based firm Earth Networks (EN) to install lightning detection systems for early weather warning

Published: 14th June 2018 05:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th June 2018 05:32 AM   |  A+A-

Lightning

Image used for representational purpose. (File | PTI)

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: Perturbed over surging deaths due to lightning, the Odisha Government on Wednesday signed a pact with US-based firm Earth Networks (EN) to install lightning detection systems for early weather warning, including thunderstorm alerts.

The firm will install sensors at different locations in the State to predict lightning nearly 45 minutes in advance. The system will also be helpful in prediction of hail winds, hail storms, dangerous thunderstorms.
The MoU was signed between Earth Networks and Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA). As per the MoU, initially six sensors would be fixed. The US firm, which already has a sensor at Cuttack, will determine if additional sensors are needed to meet the performance criteria.

The EN has the expertise on providing lightning early warning services in more than 50 countries. States like West Bengal, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh also have installed similar systems in collaboration with the firm in their respective States.

Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Maheswar Mohanty said lightning has emerged as a major disaster these days. Though it has been declared as State-specific disaster and an ex gratia of `4 lakh is provided, the prediction system would help reduce the fatality, he said.

The Earth Networks has developed a lightning detection technology that detects a large proportion of In-cloud (IC) and Cloud-to-Ground (CG) lightning. Managing Director of OSDMA Bishnupada Sethi said once the system is in place, the highly accurate forecasts can be provided with precise location of the area which is likely to be affected.

“It will facilitate dissemination of early warning through mass massaging and mobile-based application to the people residing in those localities enabling them to take suitable precautionary measures to save their lives,” Sethi added. Annually 400 deaths are reported in the State.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

Asian Games 2018