- The Odisha State Disaster Management Authority has planned to establish an intelligent and automated lightning alert system. The decision comes in the backdrop of a large number deaths due to lightning in the state.
- OSDMA has collaborated with The Earth Networks, a USA-based organization to develop the outdoor alerting siren system. The alert system would be established on a pilot basis in 14 most lightning prone blocks in Odisha.
- Through the alert system, lightning strike can be predicted about 45 minutes in advance. Highly accurate forecasts can be provided with precise location of the area likely to be affected. This will facilitate dissemination of early warning through Mass Massaging and mobile-based application to the people
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