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Odisha to install lightning sensors to warn people

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The has decided to install sensors across the state so that people can be warned about possible strikes to save them, an said today.

An early warning system is required as lightning strikes have claimed at least 18 lives in the state, in the last three days, Odisha's (SRC) B P Sethi said.

"We can get information about lightning 45 minutes prior to lightning strike. The will make arrangements to send the information to the people through mass media," Sethi said.

This will help people to move to safer places, Sethi said.

The state will sign a MoU with a US-based lightning analysing system company this week, the said.

The company, called Earth Networks, will install the lightning sensors at various places across the state, the SRC said.

The SRC said the lightning senors would be installed in high-rise buildings and multipurpose shelters.

On an average, 419 people have been killed in lightning strikes in the state each year, for the last three years, a said, adding, it has become a cause for concern for the

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 11:00 IST