Odisha government has decided to retrofit lightning protection system in
multi-purpose shelters across 25 districts in the state. The decision comes in
the backdrop of a large number deaths due to lightning in the state.
the first phase 640 shelters would be taken up with funding support from World
Bank under the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP). NCRMP seeks to
minimize vulnerability to cyclones. It also seeks to make people and
infrastructure disaster resilient in harmony with conservation of the coastal
eco-system in the cyclone hazard prone states and UTs.
Odisha Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), in collaboration with US-based
Earth Networks has installed 6 lighting detection sensors for early warning in
different parts of the state. The system provides prediction of lightning 30-45
minutes in advance.