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India’s first flood forecast system established in Kolkata



India’s first flood forecast system established in Kolkata: Details

Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has recently established a Flood Forecasting and Early Warning System (FFEWS) for Kolkata, West Bengal. It is also India’s first comprehensive city-level FFEWS. 

The Flood Forecasting and Early Warning System (FFEWS) aimed at helping city officials and citizens act decisively to minimize damage before and during disasters.

Key Highlights:

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 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 a 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 loan under the Kolkata Environmental Improvement Project and $400 million loan under Kolkata Environmental Improvement Investment Program.

West Bengal

Capital: Kolkata

Largest City: Kolkata

District: 23

Offcial Language: Bengali, English

Chief Minister: Mamata Banerjee

Governor: Kesari Nath Tripathi


Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Established: 1966

Headquarters: Manila, Philippines

President: Takehiko Nakao

Members: 67 (48 regional members)


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