Google launches Flood Forecasting in Bangladesh; Here's how to use it
Google has recently partnered with the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and the Access to Information (a2i) Programme to bring the Google Flood Forecasting Initiative to Bangladesh, which experiences more flooding than any other country in the world. Google currently covers more than 40 million people in Bangladesh, and has been working to extend the flood forecasting to the whole country.
If there is a current flooding situation in an area, users will see a visual overview of essential information, including the rise or fall of the water level in the next day with a description of the situation containing specific guidance where available. Users will also see a colour-coded map indicating the flooded areas -- clicking on this map will open a larger, more detailed view in Google Maps, where users can zoom in to understand water levels in specific regions. The feature can be used from any neighborhoods across the nation by searching for 'flooding' and the name of an affected location on Search or Maps.