Bengal Govt setting up system for alerts before lightning strikes
The State Government has decided to develop a state-of-the-art technology to predict lightning and to alert people at least one-and-a-half-hours ahead of its striking time at a particular location.
Bengal sees around 100 deaths per year due to lightning, and five to six people die on days when there is heavy lightning, according to a senior official at the state secretariat, Nabanna.
As per the planning, a network of eight gadgets will be installed in different parts of the state to collect information. Immediately after the prediction of lightning, the information will reach the central control room of the State Disaster Management Department at Nabanna.
The information will then be relayed to the concerned officials, starting from those in the districts to the top brass at the state secretariat and to the people’s representatives at the grassroots level.
The official gave an example: say, information is received about lightning occurring at a particular place; school children can then be asked to leave a bit early or to stay back to avoid accidents, and farmers can be asked to take shelter.
The entire project is expected to be completed before the monsoon sets in next year. The cost of running the system will be around Rs 45 lakh every year.
It may be mentioned that the State Government has taken several measures to ensure the safety of people during any natural calamity. Moreover, it is ensured that an affected person gets compensation within just seven days.