Tsunami Warning Centre dedicated to nation

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Hyderabad, Oct 15 (UNI) Union Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal today inaugurated the Rs 125 crore Tsunami Warning Centre, which will help prevent destruction and deaths like those witnessed duringthe December 2004 tsunami.

An advanced Marine Meteorology Centre and Operational Oceanography and Earth Systems Centre would be set up here within two years to further harness the benefits of science and technology for the people, he announced.

Offering to provide data gathered by Bottom Pressure Recorders (BPRs) after occurrence of earthquake to other countries in the region, the minister said it was up to the respective countries to issue a warning or not.

''The last mile linkage is yet to be put in place to the full satisfaction to ensure that people living in vulnerable areas are alerted in real time,'' Mr Sibal said, adding that ''we are working hard to provide short messaging service in local language and alert the vulnerable people in time. I will not be at peace till this is achieved.'' Presently, four BPRs, which were placed in the Bay of Bengal, and two BPRs in the Arabian Sea were able to provide warning in 13 minutes, but efforts were on to reduce the time to just seven minutes. Six more BPRs -- four in the Bay of Bengal and two in the Arabian sea -- would be installed within five months to take care of any failure, he said.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy assured the Union Minister that he will allocate ten acres of land for setting up two more centres. He wanted scientists to develop the required systems to predict natural disasters, including floods in advance, so that necessary adjustments could be made to avoid ''nature's fury''.

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