Citizens of Chennai, is your space flooded resulting from rain? Report it on RiskMap — https://in.riskmap.org/ — a social media platform that harnesses the ability of citizen reporting and social media to map time-critical data. With the meteorological division predicting heavy rainfall within the metropolis and its adjoining areas over the subsequent couple of days, resulting from a cyclonic circulation over southeast Bay of Bengal, the map may assist the general public entry well timed assist and direct authorities aid businesses to behave swiftly.
The platform gathers confirmed flood experiences from social media and messaging platforms and directs them to a publicly out there map to offer data in real-time. It plans to feed the crowd-sourced information to the emergency administration division of Chennai Municipal company by a custom-built danger analysis dashboard, in line with data on the RiskMap web site.
The platform at the moment works with Twitter, Facebook, and Telegram, and visualises real-time sensor data such because the altering water ranges in flood gauges, wells and pumping stations.
The map is already seeing many customers. A citizen within the metropolis’s Choolai space, for example, has posted, “flooded since 3 days. No electricity since 3 days, no water”. Another in West Mambalam says, “hip height water stagnates”. A resident of Ashok Nagar stated, “19th Avenue is under water since Sunday (Nov 7)”.
Mapping weak cities
RiskMap India is part of RiskMap.org — a venture initiated by the Urban Risk Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a free, clear platform for collective catastrophe administration. In India, it’s supported by the TATA Center for Technology and Design at MIT, and is concentrated on city hazards and vulnerability of Indian cities. The companions are CAG, Chennai, Resilient Chennai (100 RC Cities) and SEED India.
Currently, the Urban Risk Lab is energetic in three nations — India, Indonesia, and the US — with the platform connecting residents, who typically have one of the best localised data, with emergency managers to chop down response occasions. Through the reside map, residents can even inform one another concerning the dynamically altering state of affairs within the metropolis and navigate to security.
The platform was extensively shared and used throughout a high-intensity rainfall occasion in Jakarta on February 21, 2017, serving to over 300,000 residents navigate the flooded metropolis. The public map was additionally embedded within the Uber app to assist drivers journey safely by the town.
Similarly, in Chennai, throughout a high-intensity single-day rainfall occasion on November 2, 2017, the Riskmap.in web site acquired 1,152 web page views a minute at its peak and 1,11,808 web page views in 24 hours, Urban Risk Lab stated in its web site.
Weather blogger Pradeep John (Tamil Nadu Weatherman), in a tweet, urged residents to report information, because it may show helpful in designing options sooner or later and figuring out flood hotspots.