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Country’s first testbed for conducting research on thunderstorms will come up soon in Balasore

Bhubaneswar:5/2/21:Country’s first testbed for conducting research on thunderstorms will come up soon in Balasore district of Odisha, informed the India Meteorological Department (IMD) today.

The coastal district, which is known for having a missile testing center, is now going to have a testbed that will help check human casualties as well as property damages caused by lightning strikes in the area.

The first-of-its-kind testbed is also being planned near Bhopal, said IMD DG Dr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra

However, details of the projects are still obscure as these are in the planning stage, he told media.

The thunderstorm testbed will be set up in collaboration with the units of IMD under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) that already exist in Balasore district.

Every year, casualties due to thunderstorms are reported in the regions of Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, and Jharkhand between the months of April and June, said Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, who is known as ‘Cyclone Man of India’ for accurately predicting cyclones along the Indian subcontinent.

As per official records, the lightning strikes have claimed as many as 3,218 lives in Odisha in the last nine years till 2019-20.

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