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Early Warning Dissemination System strengthened

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar, February 8, 2018: The Early Warning Dissemination System (EWDS) being set up to alert the vast population residing along the coast in the event of natural disasters like a tsunami or a cyclone will be integrated with INCOIS/ISRO based warning system to extend coverage of warning dissemination up to 1500 km in open sea from the coastline.

It was decided in a meeting held at the headquarters of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) at New Delhi recently.

The coverage of EWDS in open sea is limited to 1-20 km from the coastline.

The ISRO has developed a portable device/receiver viz Navlc (Navigation with Indian Constellation) which will extend coverage of warning dissemination upto 1500 kms. This portable NavIC is planned to be distributed shortly to the fishermen on a pilot basis by ISRO.

The NavIC device will enable the fishermen on board deep sea fishing vessel to receive warning signals disseminated by the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services( INCOIS) through Indian Regional National Satellite System (IRNSS) based application, GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) developed by ISRO in collaboration with Airports Authority of India (AAI).

INCOIS/ISRO has distributed Distress Alert Transmitters (DATs) to fishermen, enabling them to transmit distress signals to marine Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) Chennai, hub operated by Coast Guard.

The NDMA has urged the state to integrate EWDS (under National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP) with ISRO/INCOIS managed dissemination system and ensure that training and capacity building activities about various warning dissemination system in place for reaching out to the coastal community including fishermen on board deep sea fishing vessels.

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