A day after more than 100 people were killed in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan by a fearsome dust storm and thundershower, officials associated with disaster management have reported about a new technology to alert people about an impending and localised natural calamity would be ready shortly. The National Disaster Management Authority was in the final stage of coming out with a common alert protocol (CAP) that has the potential to prevent deaths from thunderstorm or dust storm, squall and urban flooding.

The following cities have been warned : The Meteorological Department has issued advisory that there is a possibility of a storm in Gorakhpur, Ballia, Mau, Ghazipur, Ambedkar Nagar, Sant Kabirnagar, Basti, Kushinagar, Maharajganj, Siddhartha Nagar, Gonda, Balrampur, Shravasti, Sitapur, Bahraich, Lakhimpur Kheri, Shahjahanpur, Pilibhit, Rampur, Bareilly, Badayun, Aligarh, Etah, Hathras, Mathura, Noida, Bulandshahr, Moradabad, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor and Baghpat.

At the moment, the India Meteorological Department doesn’t have a technology to accurately predict the intensity of a thunderstorm with sufficient lead time for the administration. Unlike a cyclone, a thunderstorm or a dust storm is a fast moving event as the phenomenon is over within a few hours. At present technology only allows  to warn the administration about the upcoming storm, but can’t tell its intensity with accuracy.