Siddipet Substation Hit By Thunderbolt, Damaged

It is time Telangana government adopted the prediction system of thunderbolts which Andhra Pradesh government is effectively using as deaths due to thunderbolts in both Telugu States are high.

Siddipet:  Siddipet town was shattered by the heavy rains with thunder and lightning on Wednesday night.  Due to heavy rains, a 32/33 KV electrical sub- station near Crossroads was stuck by a thunderbolt. Several transformers were damaged due to this. As a result, power supply to various parts of the district was cut.

Telangana and AP record several incidents like this due to thunderbolts. Even deaths due to this are in big number. The Centre, taking note of the number of deaths declared that the deaths due to thunder strikes as deaths due to natural calamity, which allow the families to claim compensation as per norms.

However, Andhra Pradesh has been using a prediction mechanism that was developed in collaboration with ISRO and Earth Network. The government in May could save several lives in Ananthagiri district as the Disaster Management predicted a thunderbolt half an hour before.

The predictions are done based on the current generated when two clouds come in contact during the change of temperature. There are 14 proximity sensors, each sensor for a 250-kilometre radius set up across the state in a zigzag pattern. The AP State Council for Higher Education has even ensured the setup of these sensors at universities and colleges so that students can study the lightening predictions.

These sensors assess electromagnetic waves and pass the data to the cloud of Earth Networks. The data is then sent through an Application Program Interface after it’s processed. The Kuppam Engineering College students have even developed an app named ‘Vajrapath’ that will send out voice and text messages.

The department is now trying for 95% accuracy in the coming months.

It is time that Telangana government develops such system in collaboration with Andhra Pradesh to save lives of people and property.

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