Google to help Assam during floods


Google maps will help the people of Assam to check flood level, next monsoon.

Tech giant Google is working on a flood-inundation model using artificial intelligence to provide inundation data of the Brahmaputra and Barak river basins.

In order to help residents, living in the downstream areas, check flood levels online and take preventive steps to control damage, Google have taken the step.

Google will update inundation data with inputs provided by the Central Water Commission (CWC) following an agreement signed between the two agencies recently.

“This will be similar to the one used by Uber or Ola drivers who check traffic situation using Google map and take routes accordingly. So, once the system is ready by next year, people in the flood-prone areas will be able to check floods instantly and take preventive measures. We hope to launch the system in the next monsoon,” said  Ravi Ranjan, superintendent engineer of the CWC, Guwahati .

The platform is likely to come handy for people in several Assam districts, who face severe floods almost every year due to heavy rainfall in the upstream areas in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Bhutan. Rain in Arunachal Pradesh inundates mainly Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts of Assam while rain on the hills of Bhutan results in flash floods in Kokrajhar, Chirang and Baksa districts in lower Assam.

The CWC this year has started disseminating forecast of inundation data three days in advance as an experiment.


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