Odisha to sign pact with US firm to install lightning sensors

Bhubaneswar: Concerned over rise in number of lightning deaths in State, Odisha government will soon sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with US-based Lightning analysing system ‘Earth Network’ for installation of sensors which can aware people about the lightning one hour in advance.

Informing this, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi said the firm will start the process of installation of sensors which can update the possible lightning.

A proper survey by a scientific team will be conducted before installation, he added.

The information would be disseminated through mass media and social media which would help people to escape to safer place from lightning zone.

“There are plans to send lightning strike warning and alert through SMSes in subsequent phase as developing an application will take some time,” Sethi said.

There are plans to install lightning arrestors in high rise buildings and shelter centers.


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