Crowdsourcing platform Urban Risk Map (RiskMap India) has been reactivated to assist Chennai citizens keep a track of flooded and water logged areas within the recent floods that have halted life within the town.
A Tata Centre Project developed by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the platform was reactivated upon request by IIT Madras Professor Balaji Narasimhan, from the Civil Engineering Department for permitting assortment of data of flooding, waterlogging and inundation from the general public across the Madras region.
It primarily makes use of citizen-based coverage via social media to assist keep track of regions that are affected or want immediate attention and supply remedial measures in real time. The platform conjointly has access to period sensing element info and visualises data like ever-changing water levels high gauges, observing wells and also pumping stations.
The platform went live in the year 2017 and was deactivated in 2019. Solely to be powered on yet again during this recent tragedy.
IIT Madras is functioning with the bigger Madras Corporation, PWD state and alternative government departments to assist those in want.
How will this work?
The citizens has to first visit in.riskmap.org. Here you get a bird’s eye view of the locations that are affected and locations that appear alright. Just in case somebody desires to focus on a problem within the location, they have to access the ‘Share Report’ button on the highest left corner.
Upon sound, it’ll show a ‘Twitter’ tab (as of currently solely Twitter was available), and by clicking it, the user will be redirected to the DM section of the app. Here the citizens will either Report Flood, Report Road Closure or Report storm injury.
Clicking on Report flood can show you a choice in chat for ‘Share Report’. Clicking on the link can take you to the map wherever it’ll raise you to mend the correct location where you wish to report the problem.
After choosing the area, hit next and you’ll see a graphic image where a slider on the right permits you to either increase or decrease the peak of water. Next, it’ll raise you to feature a picture followed by a text box to supply additional info on the flooding. After that, you only have to click on ‘Send Observation’.