India’s first automatic coastal warning for disasters to come up in Odisha

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The government is all set to commission the ambitious Early Warning Dissemination System (EWDS) that would enable loud sirens, going off simultaneously from towers at 122 locations by July.

From July, Odisha can warn the population residing along its 480km long coastline by pressing one single button from a control room in the State capital in the event of the occurrence of natural disasters like a cyclone or tsunami.

Odisha is the first state in India that has developed an automatic public address system that can be activated along its entire coastline.

Highlights:

  • The warning can be circulated just by the press of a button from the control room in the State capital in the event of occurrence of natural disasters
  • It would trigger loud sirens simultaneously from 122 towers at various locations across the state, including tourist destinations, fish landing centres and coastal habitations
  • The sound eliminating from the towers can be heard in localities up to a radius of 1.5 km
  • The towers will be installed in 22 blocks under six coastal districts such as Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri and Ganjam
  • The EWDS comprises of Satellite-Based Mobile Data Voice Terminals (SBMDVT), Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), Mass Messaging System (MMS) and Universal Communication Interface (UCI) for inter-operability among different communication technologies
  • The project at an estimated cost of Rs 82 crore will be implemented with assistance from the World Bank
  • The EWDS will help the people to move to safer places before government agencies commenced evacuation

Andhra Pradesh is also developing such a system to alert the people in case of natural calamities.

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