By: Sajidah Yousuf
Srinagar: In order to monitor the real-time water levels of River Jhelum and its tributaries, Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) Department, in association with National Informatics Centre (NIC), Srinagar has developed a mobile application “Kashmir Flood Alert App”.
The departments had been working on this project of developing an application for the last several months and after a successful trial, the app has been made available on Google play store.
The app provides real-time monitoring of water levels of 13 network stations which include Sangam, Pampore, Ram Munshi Bagh, Asham Wular, Vishow-Khudwani, Rambiyara-Wachi, Lidder-Batkot, DoodhGanga-Barazulla, Sindh-Doderhama, Suknag-Arizal, Ferozpora-Drung and Pohru-Seelu.
An official affiliated with the development of the app said that there has been thousand plus downloads within the month only with 4.7 rating on the Google play store.
“Application was released in March 2021 and was updated in June 2021 and thousand plus downloads in a short span is a good response from the general public,” official said.
Adding about the app, officials said that the Flood Alert Application provides critical alerts to the general public about the flood threats arising out of heavy downpours or cloudburst or breaches. Devices installed at various gauge sites at 13 network stations use Radar Level Sensor technology for Automatic Water Level Recorders (AWLR) which provides periodic hourly data on real-time water levels. The app can provide long term trends which can help in managing high risk like floods and the app can provide alarmed messages to the departments and also to the administration.
“The main objective behind developing the app was to establish efficient and timely hydro-meteorological data collection. All data collected is made available in a timely manner to the Divisional Flood Management and Mitigation Center and other real-time users,” official added. (KNO)