Google To Offer Flood Alerts In India

  • Gayathri Mathivanan
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  • February 10, 2016, 7:44 AM


Google to offer 'Flood Alerts' on maps, Now Cards in India

Among all the natural disasters that occur in India, floods are the most common. According to the Central Water Commission (CWC), on an average 7.21 million hectares (roughly 72,000 sq km) go under floodwater annually. This water typically damaging crops worth Rs.1,118 crore annually.

Google will make public emergency alerts for floods available in India as part its efforts to make critical information more accessible around natural disasters. The alerts will be created and shared using data provided by the Central Water Commission (CWC).

“Users in India can now find ‘flood alerts’ along with ‘river level’ information for more than 170 areas in which the Central Water Commission (CWC) has active observation stations,” Google said in a statement on Tuesday.

These alerts are available on desktop (web search) and mobile device (Google Now Cards on the Google app).

In 2015, Google introduced 'cyclone alerts' to show information about cyclones in India. It offers information with details about the hazard.

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