Google To Offer Flood Alerts in India Via Maps, Now Card and Public Alerts: Google, one of the biggest tech giant in the world has made an announcement saying that it will make public emergency alerts for floods available in India. Google will make such efforts to provide critical information available to the people around natural disasters.
The new Google Flood Alerts service is going to be provided at 170 locations at present as the CWC has many observation centers over these places and the number is going to be increased in the future.
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Google To Offer Flood Alerts in India Via Maps, Now Card
“Users in India can now find “flood alerts” along with “river level” information for more than 170 areas available in which the Central Water Commission (CWC) has active observation stations”, Google announced in a statement released. In India, the natural disaster – Flood has become quite common in the past couple of years and the Govt. of India keeps on trying new and different initiatives to protect the lives of people. This initiative by the search engine giant will help the people to get alert on the time of Floods and move to safer places.
The flood alerts are going to be available on Google Search, Maps, Google Now Card on the Google Apps and Google Public Alerts homepage. It can be accessed on Desktops as well as mobile phones.
All the alerts will be created and shared by the data provided by CWC, it said.
“Timely information is the first step in the time of disaster preparedness and has the potential to save thousands of lives lost to natural disasters each year”, said byPayal Pater, Product Manager, Google.
Last year, the tech giant initiated ‘Cyclone Alerts’ to display information about the cyclones in India. It offers information which deals about the threat, includes a map and tells the tips to how to stay safe at the time of disaster.
Floods are the most common natural disaster in the country and on an average, around 30 million people suffers due to the natural disaster. In a report released by the Central Water Commission (CWC), it said that around 7.2 million hectares go under flood water every year. Out of this 7.2 million hectares, more than half of the land belongs to the agricultural land and it results in a loss of Rs. 1,118 crores each year.
Apart from search engine giant, Facebook also enables safety check-ins at the time of natural disaster in India. During the Chennai Floods in 2015 and during latest earthquake in Manipur, the feature was very helpful for the people.
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