The Odisha government on June 29, 2018 entered into a collaboration with the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) for automating risk management, advisory generation and dissemination.
- Initially, the agreement will be in force for five years with a cost involvement of about ₹8 crore.
- The collaboration would bring a shift from ‘what weather will be’ to ‘what weather will do’.
- The Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) is an international and intergovernmental institution, owned and managed by its Member States, for the generation and application of early warning information.
- It is a body of 48 members and collaborating countries.
- RIMES evolved from the efforts of countries in Africa and Asia, in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, to establish a regional early warning system within a multi-hazard framework for the generation and communication of early warning information, and capacity building for preparedness and response to trans-boundary hazards.
- RIMES was established on 30 April 2009, and was registered with the United Nations on 1 July 2009.
- RIMES operates from its regional early warning center located at the campus of the Asian Institute of Technology in Pathumthani, Thailand.