Bhubaneswar, March 4 (Localwire): The Odisha Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) will install an advanced lightning protection system in all multi-purpose shelter homes across 25 districts, it said.
According to official data, lightning strikes account for second highest number of natural disaster deaths in the country.
The project is sponsored by the World Bank at an estimated cost of around Rs17 crore.
Of the total 879 shelter homes, 640 will be taken up first, remaining will be covered in a later phase. This was decided during a meeting of OSDMA here on Saturday.
Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi has asked the officials to expedite the work, and integrate the early warning dissemination system, already in use in six coastal districts, with all telecom service providers.
He also asked them to complete training of Apada Mitra volunteers by March. Around 400 such volunteers would be engaged in the first phase to help the coastal community in disaster mitigation.
The Union government, meanwhile, is developing a Common Alert Protocol (CAP) system to warn people about impending thunderstorm and lightning strikes.
At a three-day global conference in New Delhi on Thursday, K.J. Ramesh, director general of the India Meteorological Department, said, that predicting such a phenomenon would be a reality soon.
Ramesh also complimented the Odisha government for taking “proactive steps” in building infrastructure for disaster mitigation.
“The Odisha government has been working closely with IMD. The state has built a large number of cyclone shelters along the coastal areas,” Economic Times quoted him as saying.
The conference was organised by OSDMA and the Centre for Environment and Climate in collaboration with other institutes.
The Odisha Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) was set up in the aftermath of the 1999 super cyclone in the state.