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One of the biggest killers in India is one of the most common phenomena. Lightning is the most dangerous and damaging weather event through India's 28 states and eight Union territories.

Lightning kills thousands of people and costs even more in damages each year. Although lightning has a tremendous negative impact, these deaths, injuries, and damages are preventable through a nationwide early warning system.

Our Early Warning Systems for Lightning in India Technology Guide will help you recognize what features to look for when choosing a solution and how some areas are already making a difference with
advanced lightning alert systems.

The key takeaways in this guide will demonstrate how comprehensive lightning alerts:

1. Save Lives
2. Reduce Injuries
3. Minimize Property Damage

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Table of Contents 

  • India’s Nationwide Lightning Problem
    1. Increasing Events
    2. Outdoor Work Force
    3. Lack of Existing Alerting Systems

  • Lightning Alert Systems
    1. Total Lightning Detection
    2. Alerts that Increase Lead Times
    3. Mass Notification Capabilities

  • Early Warning Systems in Action
    1. How Odisha Decreased Lightning Deaths by 31%

  • Help Build the Nationwide Network 

  • About Earth Networks

  • Lightning Safety Information


India's Nationwide Lightning Problem

Although extreme weather events are common in India, that doesn’t mean they aren’t dangerous. In fact, 25% of all accidental deaths throughout the country are due to the weather. While flooding and droughts cause many deaths, no weather event is as impactful as lightning. India is extremely vulnerable to lightning strikes for three main reasons:

  1. Increasing Lightning Events
  2. Large Outdoor Work Force
  3. Lack of Existing Alerting Systems


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Lightning Alert Systems

Lightning alert systems are the answer to India’s lightning problem. A lightning alert system is an advanced, automatic alerting system consisting of horn, strobe, text, email, and/or visual alerts that prompt people to get to safety and secure property before dangerous weather conditions arrive.
The most effective lightning alerting systems for India include these three key features:

india lightning graphic


Early Warning Systems in Action

Do early warning systems really work in India? Ours do. Earth Networks works together with various states and meteorological entities in India
to increase lightning safety with early warning systems and weather intelligence. Our Total Lightning Network is active throughout the country (In places like West Bengal, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha) and powers multiple components of statewide early warning systems like lightning horns and alerting applications.

One of the most lightning-prone regions of India is the state of Odisha. In 2019, Odisha's lightning deaths declined by 31% after the office of the SRC and Odisha’s Disaster State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) partnered with Earth Networks. Earth Networks provides OSDMA with advanced information from their total lightning network to alert citizens and enable them to take the required precautionary measures to save lives. 


Help Build the Nationwide Network 

  • It’s time to end the constant news of weather-related lightning deaths in India.
  • It’s time to increase weather resiliency.
  • It’s time to build a nationwide lightning.

About Earth Networks

  • Earth Networks, part of the AE Monitoring family of innovators, helps organizations mitigate financial, operational, and human risk by providing environmental intelligence from the world’s largest hyperlocal weather network.
  • Schools, airports, sports teams, utilities and government agencies rely on our early warning solutions to safeguard lives, prepare for weather events, and optimize operations.
  • Companies across all industries use our weather data to automate decisions regarding risk management, business continuity, and asset protection.

Lightning Safety Information

At the end of this guide, you’ll also find a printable lightning safety poster to help keep people safe when severe weather approaches. Please share this resource with anyone who is at risk of dangerous lightning strikes.


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