With thunderstorms wreaking havoc and claiming many lives in Odisha during the last couple of months, the Odisha government is planning to develop a mobile app in order to disseminate early warnings regarding possible lightning strikes in specific areas.
Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi said, “Users of the mobile app will receive alert at least one hour before lightning strikes in that particular area, thus helping them move to safer places.”
In fact the Odisha government has decided to collaborate with the US-based Earth Network to install lightning detection system in the State. A meeting in this regard was recently held under chairmanship of Chief Secretary AP Padhi, informed the SRC.
Non-smartphone users can receive SMS alerts through this system, the SRC said.
Notably, lightning has become a major natural disaster in Odisha that claims more than 400 human lives on an average per year. In comparison with other natural calamities that cause more economic losses, the death toll due to lightning is much higher in the state.
As many as 456 human lives have been lost during the year 2017-18 due to lightning, which records a 15% increase over that in the last year.
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