Odisha Government has launched an automatic public address system to warn citizens about cyclone, tsunami and floods. This is the first of its kind technology in field of Early Warning Dissemination System (EWDS) in India.The EWDS of Odisha government has been implemented under the assistance of World Bank with a cost of around 82 crores.
- Around 122 towers have been installed along the 480 km long coastline of the odisha state to produce sound and sirens during emergency situations.
- Sound produced from the towers can be heard in communities within a radius of 1.5 km.
- The button will be pressed from the state emergency centre in Bhubaneswar during an emergency situation.
- Six coastal districts named Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri and Ganjam have been covered under the system.
- It is a part of the last-mile connectivity programme under the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project an aimed at protecting people from the cyclone.
Odisha is vulnerable to many disasters.The state is prone to tropical cyclones, storm surges and tsunamis.A large part of the state comes under Earthquake Risk Zone-II. The super-cyclone of 1999 which claimed 10,000 lives in Odisha.
The Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) was established in 1999.OSDMA was the first disaster management authority centre established in India.Odisha has an active State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA).Odisha, has built close to 800 multipurpose cyclone and flood shelters in cyclone prone areas.All vulnerable regions in Odisha have active Cyclone Management Centres.