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Mapping app to trace floods in Thailand

Thailand: The Information and Communication Technology Ministry, Thailand, introduced an online mapping application to let users find any location in the country and its flood status. Called the Thai Crisis Planner & Reporter, the application was developed with Chulalongkorn University. It can be accessed at https://thaicrisis.chula.ac.th.

Gp Capt Anudith Nakornthap, ICT Minister, said the application can provide floodwater details and water levels for all 50 districts of Bangkok. Interested websites and social media may partner with the Thai Crisis Planner & Reporter free of charge, he said, adding that the Longdo Map, Thai Flood and Flood Helps websites have expressed interest in participating.

Kua Wongboonsin, a professor of demography at Chulalongkorn University, said the application was developed a year ago as a tool for evaluating flood risk. The university then worked with the ICT Ministry to improve efficiency.

The system features better data evaluation from all state agencies, including the Royal Thai Survey Department and the Department of Highways.

Prof Kua said the application could further develop on top of the government’s GIS for future flood planning and drought prevention measures. According to Gp Capt Anudith, the ICT Ministry has been assigned responsibility for examining flood-hit areas and gathering the country’s flood data. “From now on, Thailand will have a crisis planner system to better support flood management,” he added.

Source: www.bangkokpost.com