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Odisha signs MoU with US-company for lightning early warning

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

government today signed an MoU with an US-based company for detection of precise location of areas likely to be affected by strikes before 45 minutes of the occurrence, officials said.

Managing Director of the State Disaster Management signed an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with

Besides lightning, the proposed facility will also give early weather warning like thunderstorm alerts, they said.

Sethi said has the expertise on providing early warning service in more than 50 countries and also providing service to West Bengal, and

With informing on locations of possible lightning, the 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.

has become a major natural disaster in as more than 460 people were killed in lightning strikes during the year 2017-2018.

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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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 19:35 IST