Google to give flood alerts

Tech giant Google is scaling up its learnings from a pilot project in Patna to provide flood alerts in simple text format to people, it has been reported.

The firm will use sophisticated machine learning techniques for the service and will be provided with data on water levels by the the Union Ministry of Water Resources for preparing such public alerts.

A month after the devastating Kerala floods, Google sent out a set of flood-warning alerts early September as part of the pilot project in eastern India.

While these alerts focused on areas around Patna abutting the Ghaghara River, the California-based company is now scaling it up ahead of the monsoon season to cover many more parts of the country. India accounts for 20 per cent of flood-related fatalities globally.

NT Bureau