The Bihar government has decided to look to the sky to assess the flood situation on the ground by using high-tech satellite pictures beamed directly from the Sriharikota Space Centre to a planetarium. An official in the relief and rehabilitation department here said the government would monitor the floods through colored satellite pictures beamed from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The satellite pictures would facilitate the government to assess the volume of water, even in a small area. Besides, the pictures would help in observing the cloud position to ascertain the magnitude of rainfall. Pictures showing flooded areas of north Bihar were so clear that one could gauge the situation in the office itself, instead of making aerial surveys or taking a boat ride to the spot to measure the quantum of loss.
Floodwaters have submerged many of north Bihar’s districts as neighbouring Nepal began releasing surplus water from its streams and rivers last month. Several rivers, including the Ganges and Bagmati, have been flowing above the danger mark at several places in Bihar’s northern districts bordering Nepal. The official death toll due to floods is 26 but others say the toll is closer to 50.
Source: Indo-Asian News Service