Innovative “Damini” app to save people from lightning strikes

    The lightning activities in India have shown an increasing trend all over the past two decades.

    As per recent studies, parts of the Indian peninsula, particularly Northeast and East, have registered a sharp increase in lighting over the past two decades. The increase is minimal over Central India and moderate over the rest of the country.

    To monitor the lightning activities across India, an app named “Damini” has been developed. The purpose of this app is to monitor all lightning activities, specifically for India and alerts the person if lightning is happening near the person by GPS notification, in the distance under 20 kms and 40 kms radius. A detailed description of instructions and precautions is provided in the app, while in the lightning-prone area.

    Lightning activity have shown increasing trend over India in past two decades

    Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, an autonomous research and development institution under the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), has established a lightning location network strategically installed at 83 places in the country to detect and locate lightning strikes with utmost accuracy.

    The central processor of this network, located at IITM, receives and processes the signal received from the network and identifies the location of lightning strikes with less than 500 m accuracy.

    The output from this network is shared with India Meteorological Department (IMD) and various State governments and is used for nowcasting purposes.

    From the National Weather Forecasting Centre, these forecasts and warnings are given in meteorological sub-divisional scale whereas State Meteorological Centres issue the same in the district level. In addition to that, thunderstorms and associated disastrous weather phenomena are covered by nowcast (forecast for next 3 hours issued every 3 hours) in the location/district level by State Meteorological Centres. At present this facility is extended to all the districts and for about 1084 stations across the country.

    What is Damini Lightning App- Who Developed it?

    Damini Lightning apps is developed by IITM-Pune and ESSO.

    The apps is monitoring all lightning activity which are happening in specifically for all india. and alert you if lightning is happening near you by GPS notification. under 20KM and 40KM.

    Details description of instruction, precautions is provided in apps while in lightning prone area. Does and Don’t for in specific situation is strictly followed when lightning happen near you for your safety purpose.


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