Odisha government today signed an MoU with an US-based company for detection of precise location of areas likely to be affected by lightning strikes before 45 minutes of the occurrence, officials said.
Besides lightning, the proposed facility will also give early weather warning like thunderstorm alerts, they said.
With Earth Networks informing on locations of possible lightning, the state government will ensure dissemination of early warning through mass messaging and mobile-based application to the people of such localities enabling them to take suitable precautionary measures to save their lives.
Sethi said Earth Networks already has lightning sensors in the region and will install additional sensors in Odisha as needed to cover the entire state.
The system will also predict hailstorm and dangerous thunderstorm, he said.
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