India: Search engine giant, Google has launched a public alert system that would offer valuable information on the water level across 170 areas in India. To make this possible, Google has roped-in the flood forecasting network of India. Users that will subscribe to it, will receive real time information on water level of rivers across India. The alert service can be accessed on Google Now cards, Google App, Google Maps, as well as the Google Public Alerts homepage.
According to a post on the official Google India blog, Payal Patel, Product Manager and Kiran Bapna, Head, New Business Development, Google India expressed their gratitude to the Central Water Commission “for making their flood alerts available as well as the India Meteorological Department for their cyclone alerts.” The post went on to add that Google aims to help more people prepare for natural disasters with the objective of protecting more lives.
It aims to do so by making critical and life-saving information more widely available to people around India. Recently, during the Chennai floods, and also during the earthquake in Manipur, Facebook had activated its Safety Check, which enabled users to mark themselves as safe if they were in the vicinity of the disaster. Similarly, Google had also enabled mechanisms that let users find information on the whereabouts of their loved ones during natural calamities.
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