Google’s AI-powered flood alerts now cover all of India and parts of Bangladesh – TechCrunch

India, the world’s second most populated nation, sees more than 20% of the global flood-related fatalities each year as overrun riverbanks sweep tens of thousands of homes with years ago, Google volunteered to help. In 2018, the company began its flood forecasting pilot initiative in Patn…

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In 2018, the company began its flood forecasting pilot initiative in Patna — the capital of the Indian state of Bihar, which has historically been the most flood-prone region in the nation with over 100 fatalities each year — to provide accurate real-time flood forecasting information to people in the region.

Moving forward, the company said its charitable arm Google. org has started a collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to build local networks and deliver alerts to people who otherwise wouldn’t receive smartphone alerts directly. “There’s much more work ahead to strengthen the systems that so many vulnerable people rely on—and expand them to reach more people in flood-affected areas.

In Bangladesh, Google’s model is able to cover more than 40 million people and the company is working to extend this to the whole nation. “We’re providing people with information about flood depth: when and how much flood waters are likely to rise.

India, the world’s second most populated nation, sees more than 20% of the global flood-related fatalities each year as overrun riverbanks sweep tens of thousands of homes with them.  Two years ago, Google volunteered to help.

Part of the job is to deliver this potentially life-changing information to people.  In India, the company said it has sent out more tthan 30 million notifications to date in flood-affected areas.

The company also said it has partnered with the Water Development Board of Bangladesh, which sees more floods than any other country in the world, to expand its initiative to parts of India’s neighboring nation.

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