Guwahati, India: A real-time data centre, capable of issuing warnings ahead of natural disasters, is to be set up at the North Eastern Space Applications Centre of India at Umiam near Shillong, The Telegraph reported. It will pool all data and expertise on disasters and issue warnings as much in advance as possible.
K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will inaugurate the Regional Nodal Centre for Disaster Data and Management Facility in the second week of July. The flood early warning system has been around for sometime now, issuing warnings about precise locations at least 8 hours ahead of inundation. The pinpointed locations with names and maps have been issued to the state and district disaster management authorities.
According to the report, there was need for such data centre for proper maintenance and updating of relevant data regarding all natural disasters in the Northeast along with a forum of experts in relevant fields from organisations like Indian meteorological department, Central Water Commission, Geological Survey of India and ISRO, among others.
This facility will collect data about floods, cyclones, river erosion, earthquakes and landslides and other related phenomenon to which the region is highly prone and issue advance warnings whenever a disaster is about to occur.
Source: The Telegraph