Bhubaneswar, March 15 (LocalWire): The Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) has launched a new warning system called Satark, available on computers as well as on mobile phones, to alert people about impending extreme weather conditions.
Currently, it can send advisories on earthquake, heat-wave, cyclone, flood, drought and lightning. In near future, though, it plans to cover all hazards, including accidents and snakebite.
Using Satark, OSDMA officers will be able to formulate location-specific advisories for the community and different line departments.
Satark is a joint initiative of OSDMA and Regional Integrated Multi Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES).
During summer, Satark plans to use IMD data to provide block-wise heat-wave alerts daily. It will not only give advisories but also on suggested preventive measures to minimize impact.
OSDMA hopes the advisories will help stakeholders in the fields of agriculture, water resource and irrigation and public health.
The web-based tool is available at www.satark.rimes.int and mobile app is available at Google Play Store, both in English and Odia language. Users can download the tool for free.