Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System Soon


Bhubaneswar : With international acclamations in disaster management, Govt of Odisha has initiated steps for further strengthening of the quality, prediction ability and response capacity of Odisha Disaster Management Authority ( OSDMA) with an ‘integrated multi-hazard early warning system’. This was discussed in a high level meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary  Aditya Prasad Padhi in secretariat conference hall today wherein Managing Director, OSDMA Sri Bishnupada Sethi outlined the need for such a system. Director, Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIEMS) presented the technical and methodological aspects of the system. Considering the need of the system for Odisha, Chief Secretary Sri Padhi directed OSDMA to work out details of services, outcomes and procedures for developing the system with definite mile stones.
The meeting discussed about the potential areas of collaboration between OSDMA and RIEMS.
Analysis of huge data likely to be generated from automatic weather stations being installed at GP
levels, validation of the forecast, early warning and preparedness for lightening, heat wave, flood,
draught and Tsunami were identified as major areas of collaboration. Besides, the technological
support of RIEMS would also be helpful in curtailing of road accidents. Development Commissioner  R. Balakrishnan emphasized on accurate and dependable predictions for building confidence in the people about countering the hazards and minimizing its effects.
Replying to a media query after the meeting MD OSDMA Sri Sethi said, “RIEMS is an
Intergovernmental Body registered under United Nations. The body is owned and managed by 45
collaborating countries in Asia Pacific and Africa Region. India is the Chairman of the Body. In
collaboration with this Intergovernmental Body, OSDMA can strengthen its data base for more
effective management of natural disasters. It will provide technical support through sustained
institutional mechanism”. He further added that collaboration would also help in transfer of best
practices among different countries of the world. Development Commissioner Sri R. Balakrishnan, Chief General Manager OSDMA Sri Pradeep Nayak, Deputy SRC Sri Pravat Mohapatra, Team Leader RIEMS Sri S. Jothiganesh along with senior officers from concerned departments participated in the deliberations.