Google has announced in an official blog post that it’s adding a new flood alert system to its services in India. Thanks to information provided by the Central Water Commission (CWC) users will be able to find flood alerts, including river level info, for more than 170 areas in India where the CWC has active observation stations.
Alerts are available in a number of Google’s apps and services like Google web search, Now cards in the Google app, Google Maps and the Public Alerts homepage on desktop and mobile.
When a user clicks on the alert, they see information on the specific hazard, with an expected timeline and a map of the affected regions. Google’s new service also shows tips on how to stay safe.
We’re constantly working to improve our Google Crisis Response tools to make critical information more accessible around natural disasters. Through Public Alerts we show relevant official weather, public safety and earthquake alerts to give people the information they need to make informed decisions in times of crisis.
Of course, this is just the latest in a long line of recent improvements from Google in India. The search giant has focussed a great deal of time and energy on bringing valuable services to country. Most recently, Google launched a high-speed free-to-use Wi-Fi network in Mumbai Central, one of the world’s busiest train stations.