Kolkata launched India’s first flood forecast system with assistance from Asian Development Bank

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Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) launched a flood forecasting and early warning system (FFEWS) for Kolkata City. It is also India’s first comprehensive city-level FFEWS. It will help city officials and citizens act decisively to minimize damage before and during disasters.

  • Asian Development Bank (ADB) from its Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund under the Urban Financing Partnership Facility, funded this project with technical assistance of a 1 million USD to KMC.
  • The system has been designed to provide forecasts as well as real-time information on inundation, temperature, air quality, and other climate-related data through 400 sensor nodes.
  • It will send real-time data to a cloud-based dashboard which will send risk information through mobile alerts and radio/television messaging.
  • It will reduce economic loss and impacts on livelihood and improve flood awareness and safety at community level.

It is a part of ADB’s 20-year partnership with KMC .Earlier grants to upgrade and expand the sewerage and drainage network in Kolkata include: 250 million USD loan under the Kolkata Environmental Improvement Project, 400 million USD loan under Kolkata Environmental Improvement Investment Program.