Google partners with Bangladesh for Flood Forecasting

Published: September 4, 2020

Google has partnered with Bangladesh Water Development Board for flood forecasting.

Key Facts

  • It will bring the flood warning services to Bangladesh.
  • The system currently covers more than 40 million people in Bangladesh and it is working to expand its coverage to the whole country.
  • More than 65 percent of people who receive advance flood warnings take action to protect themselves and their assets.
  • Google is working to launch a new forecasting model to double the lead time so that people have an extra day or so to prepare in case of impending floods.
  • The alert is available in Hindi, Bengali and seven other local languages.
  • The company is also partnering with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to build to deliver alerts to people who don’t have smart phones to receive the alerts directly.
  • The company uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to analyse historical data to predict flood in the river basins.

Earlier, Google had launched its flood forecasting pilot programme in Patna in 2018.

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