Odisha is pioneering early warning systems to warn seacoast residents of impending disasters. It will be the first Indian state to develop and implement a public address system that warns residents of impending natural disasters as part of a state disaster reduction plan.

The Early Warning Dissemination System (EWDS) consists of a single button located in a central control room that, when pressed, will activate a series of loud sirens from 122 towers scattered along Odisha’s 470-km-long coast. The sirens will reach a sound radius of up to 4 km and will be able to withstand wind speeds of up to 350kmph. It will warn people of impending risks thus giving them a chance to evacuate if risks permit. If successful, the system has the potential to save countless lives. Read More

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