Technology has alleviated the severity of Kerala flood

By Vigyey Patel, Content Writer, Siliconindia   |   Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 13:14 Hrs
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keralaKerala, a place known for the palm-lined beaches and backwaters is all engulfed by the flooded water. The relentless heavy rainfall from the past one week resulted in the huge flood in Kerala. In the flood, hundreds of people have died and thousands of them are stranded in their houses without enough food and electricity waiting for help. State and central Government are aiding them with food and shelter, and also keeping eye on the weather with the satellites. Technology has always played a crucial role in facing a devastating calamity. The biggest social media platform like Twitter and Facebook are becoming the aiding platform for the Kerala people. They are being used to give the location of the stranded people in the severely affected district of Kerala. So that rescue teams who are always active in the social media could find them.   

The tech giant, Google has also come to aid Kerala. It has enabled its Google people finder tool for the Kerala people where they could find their loved one's location or report about any information that they may know. The page is currently active for Kerala floods and Japan rains and tracking around 14,800 people at the same time. The social networking app made for stopping the fake news, Qkopy is now helping the people by informing or alerting them about the status of flood waterlogging and traffic movements with the help of Kozikhode city traffic police. But the biggest risk is that at the disaster most of the devices and technology would not come in handy due to loss of network or power failure. So, people cannot always be dependent on that.

India meteorological department (IMD) has been forecasting the weather of Kerala with the help of its 5 satellites Oceans at-2, RESOURCE-2, CARTOSAT-2 and 2A and INSAT 3DR. They have been gathering information with their instruments and sending it with the real-time images to the ground station for analyzing, as reported in the Times of India. After that meteorologists analyze all the collected data regarding the current state of atmosphere like humidity, temperature, and wind. They then utilize this data to forecast the future weather. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) report, the rainfall will recede in the coming days and the water level has also started to decrease.  

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