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Philippines enhances flood warning systems across 18 rivers

Philippines: The Government of Philippines partnered with the Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) Co. to distribute hundreds of rain gauges and flood monitoring systems. Flood warning systems will be distributed across 18 major river systems in the country under the project Noah. The announcement came as the country entered the rainy season.

Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman of PLDT, said “Smart Communications and Sun Cellular would help government in its efforts to make Philippines a more prepared and resilient country in the face of disasters.” Pangilinan added, “Smart and Sun will also handle the transmission of the rainfall data to the central database of Department of Science and Technology (DOST). This will enable DOST to have accurate real-time rainfall measurements in all these river basins. Likewise, under project Noah, DOST will also map out the 18 target river basins using the Light Detection and Ranging or LiDAR system,”
“Project Noah combined with other new technologies like the Doppler radar, will finally bring the country’s disaster preparedness systems into the 21st century. Even before floods strike, we can know to an unprecedented level of detail how such calamities will impact on our cities and towns,” Pangilinan observed.

Smart and Sun have a total cell site population of around 8,000 to 10,000 nationwide. Apart from rain guages, project Noah will also place 400 river sensors near the river banks, which will record water levels, information that could be basis for alert levels and evacuations on stormy days.
LiDAR is an optical remote sensing technology that can produce detailed topographical maps of river basins. Isberto said this data, along with the with the estimated rainfall amount from the government’s Doppler radars, will help the DOST create computer-generated flood forecasting models. This will then give them an idea of the amount and depth of flood for a given area, enhancing disaster preparedness for any specific area of the country.

Source: GMA News