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Technology saved lives during disasters: SHAR Director

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M.Y.S. Prasad, Director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR), Sriharikota, being felicitated by SVU Vice-Chancellor W. Rajendra at the IETE foundation day celebrations in Tirupati on Tuesday. –PHOTO: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR
M.Y.S. Prasad, Director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR), Sriharikota, being felicitated by SVU Vice-Chancellor W. Rajendra at the IETE foundation day celebrations in Tirupati on Tuesday. –PHOTO: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR

M.Y.S. Prasad, Director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota (SDSC-SHAR), has stressed the importance of technological advancements in saving lives.

Referring to the furious cyclones that are currently sweeping the coastal districts recently, he said the advent of technology, coupled with disaster preparedness, had helped in saving many lives recently, compared to the Odisha super cyclone. Apart from the remote sensing and communication satellite technologies, he also patted the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) in ensuring minimal loss to human lives.

Speaking on ‘Role of satellite technology and Internet in natural disaster management’ at the foundation day of The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE Tirupati Centre) here on Tuesday, Dr. Prasad proudly mentioned ISRO’s ability to give a clear forecast ten days ahead of any cyclone, which he said, was placed much ahead of the Indian meteorological department.

“The recently-developed radar imaging satellite is a state-of-the-art facility, which has all-weather mapping facility. ISRO has also created a flood hazard zonation atlas,” he pointed out. However, he expressed displeasure that no concrete system or methodology could be devised so far to forecast earthquakes.

“Though USSR and China have attempted, there is not much breakthrough. India has developed a tsunami warning centre at INCOIS and became the third country in the world to join the USA and Japan”, he noted.

On the presence of Satcom network in 22 States, which are well connected to INCOIS, GIS, IMD and SAC, Dr. Prasad expected 408 nodes to be added in the coming years, thus linking district-level networks. This, he hoped, would make forecasts more precise and disaster management more effective.

Srivenkateswara University Vice-Chancellor W. Rajendra felicitated Dr. Prasad, along with SVU Engineering College Principal J.Karthikeyan and ECE head R.V.S. Satyanarayana.

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