Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has announced that it will provide flood alerts to Android users in India.
The company stated that it will pull its resources to create emergency flood alerts to users across the country through the use of data given to it by the Central Water Commission (CWC). The alerts will sensitize users about the flood levels. It will also include information about the water levels in riverbanks. The tech giant made the announcement in the wake of the unfortunate flooding in Tamil Nadu that took the lives of 500 people and displaced many more.
The firm will provide these alerts on the Google Public Alerts homepage, maps and Google Now. The information will also be available on the web search. Google’s product manager Payal Patel stated that one of the most important aspects of disaster preparedness is to provide timely information because it can save thousands of lives from natural disasters that occur every year.
Patel also added that making such information available to the masses is a smart move because it allows people to make wise and speedy decisions. Last year, the tech company launched “cyclone alerts” to warn about cyclones in India. The alerts include information about the threat including its magnitude as well as safety measures that can be employed by the people.
There are a few natural disasters that the country faces but floods carry the biggest threat. India faces heavy floods, especially during the monsoon season. More than 30 million Indians are affected by the floods every year. The CWC claims that the floods cover about 72,000 sq km every year. Roughly 1,700 people succumb to the floods on an annual average.
The floods often result to devastating effects such as damaged homes, destroyed crop and dead livestock. The effects set the country back and erase a lot of progress that the people work so hard to accomplish. Though there is a lot of destruction, a large percent of the crop production and forested areas depend on the same monsoon rains to survive.