Odisha to Set Up Automatic Weather Stations

Bhubaneswar: For better impact-based forecasting, the Odisha government has decided to set up telemetric rain gauges in all gram panchayats, automatic weather stations at block headquarters, and sensors in river systems. These steps will help the state to get precise real time information for more effective management of disasters, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here on Saturday.

Patnaik has said this while addressing an event organised here to observe Odisha Disaster Preparedness Day and National Day for Disaster Reduction. This day is observed every year to remember the valuable human lives lost in Super Cyclone, 1999.

During 23 years since the Super Cyclone, the Odisha government has done everything possible to make Odisha a safer place during disasters, he said.“Odisha today has the most robust infrastructure for disaster management. The world has recognised our efforts in all these years. I would like to thank my 4.5 crore brothers and sisters for their support and solidarity in building a disaster resilient Odisha,” said the Chief Minister.

He appreciated the efforts of members of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and Mission Shakti, frontline workers like ASHAs and anganwadis, NGOs and community level volunteers, government officials, Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), fire services, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and police personnel for their coordinated work to reduce human casualty.

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