Odisha launches disaster alert system for its coast


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The Odisha government on Monday launched the much-awaited Early Warning Dissemination System, the first-of-its-kind technology in India, to simultaneously warn coastal communities and fisherfolk about impending cyclone and tsunami through siren towers.

What is EWS?

Early Warning System(EWS) can be defined as a set of capacities needed to generate and disseminate timely and meaningful warning information of the possible extreme events ordisasters (e.g. floods, drought, fire, earthquake and tsunamis) that threatens people's lives.

Highlights:

*The EWDS, a collaborative effort of the Central and State governments, has been implemented under the assistance of World Bank.
*The innovative warning system would alert people about disasters such as floods and cyclone. *Fishermen fishing in deep sea can also be reached via mass SMS on their mobile phones through EWDS.
*It comprises technologies such as satellite-based mobile data voice terminals, digital mobile radio, mass messaging system and universal communication interface for interoperability.
*It’s a part of the last-mile connectivity programme under National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project and aims to inform the last man living near the sea in case of an impending cyclone.
*Six coastal districts —Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri and Ganjam — have been covered under the EWDS.










Odisha launches disaster alert system for its coast Odisha launches disaster alert system for its coast Reviewed by The Hindu Current Affairs on October 30, 2018 Rating: 5

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