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New flood alert system in northeast soon

A new flood monitoring system, aided by microwave remote sensing, will come up along the Brahmaputra basin in the northeast to help plan and execute efficient emergency response measures.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2009 12:05 IST

Come monsoon. A new flood monitoring system, aided by microwave remote sensing, will come up along the Brahmaputra basin in the Northeast to help plan and execute efficient emergency response measures.

The centrally-funded project, executed by the Pune-based Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), aims at a new 'object-oriented strategy' to attempt 'near-real time' flood monitoring in the Brahmaputra basin with the help of microwave remote sensing system that can penetrate clouds.

"The system can provide information on the status of land use, soil protective cover and water level. The information can be translated into parameters and coefficients that hydrological models can use for run-off and flood forecasting," Yogesh Singh, project leader of CDAC, told PTI.

Floods in Assam are an annual phenomenon causing massive destruction to life and property, mostly due to lack of efficient mitigation measures.

The new system will delineate the inundation or rise in surface water level as soon as it occurs and help alert the place of occurrence as well as downstream.