Bhubaneswar, June 5 (LocalWire): The Special Relief Commissioner, Bishnupada Sethi, has asked Collectors of eight districts to install outdoor lightning alert systems.
In a letter to the Collectors of Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Cuttack, Khurda, Nabarangapur and Sundargarh, Sethi asked them to appoint nodal officers for necessary coordination.
‘Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) has collaborated with the GSA-based firm ‘Earth Networks’ to install outdoor alert systems at 14 locations in the most lightning prone blocks of the state on a pilot basis.
The system would pinpoint the exact location of storms and provide automatic warning through alert siren which will be audible up to a distance of 1 km,’ Sethi wrote in the letter.
‘Site locations have already been received from your district.
The system will be installed on rooftops of existing buildings and adequate power supply must be ensured at those sites. Earth Network will start the installation process immediately at the identified locations and the system will be functional from the first week of July, 2019,’ he added.
He further said, ‘A suitable nodal officer for each site should be identified for necessary coordination with the Earth Network team who should be in overall charge for the system.’