Bhubaneswar, Mar 19: As many as 970 people allegedly died and 50 people were reportedly injured in lightning strikes in the last three years, said Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marandi in Odisha Assembly today.
Mayurbhanjh witnessed the highest number of death caused by lightning as a total of 98 people have died in the span of the last three years while Gajapati has reported the least number of causalities comprising six people, said the Minister addressing the House.
Further, the Minister mentioned that an MoU was signed by the government with an international organisation Earth Networks to detect the lightning prior to its occurrence. Earth Networks has established Lightning Detection Sensors in eight districts of Odisha. The sensors are capable of detecting the lightning in an area between 200-250 kms within their range. The State Emergency Operation Center gets information about any lightning before 30-40 minutes of its occurrence with the help of this system following which people are alerted with the help of Location Based Alert System (LBAS) through an SMS.
Moreover, a Mobile App named ‘Satark’ has been made by the officials of State Disaster Management Authority with the help of a global organisation Regional Integrated Multi-hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) which informs the people about any lightning prior 30-40 minutes, informed the minister to the House.