AP using space technology to deal with situation

Written by fe Bureau | Hyderabad | Updated: Oct 14 2014, 08:11am hrs
The Andhra Pradesh government is using space technologies for disaster management with the help of Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) and National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC).

The government, with the help of NRSC, has launched an android app for a crowdsourcing project where people can upload photos from their smartphones. NRSC said that over 3,000 downloads of app have been recorded.

Addressing the media after a review meeting of rescue and relief measures, chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that crop loss pictures, pictures of damaged roads, bridges, reservoirs & tanks and railway lines are being made available through satellite technology by ISRO. I want the residents to download apps and send all relevant pix and data about damages in their area, instead of waiting for government relief, so that rescue and rehabilitation can reach them faster, Naidu said.

The chief minister, in a novel move, has directed NRSC to use GIS, GPS and remote sensing technologies to spot the damage and put them on the satellite through geo-tagging. This will enable the government to have the data on damages on the map. AP has engaged four satellites to monitor cyclone Hudhud RI Sat1, RISat2, Radar Sat and Resource Sat.

Besides, the IT-savvy CM has also urged officials to use Facebook, Twitter and Google to spread the message. Andhra Pradesh government has created a Facebook page called AP Disaster Management for and Twitter handle #HudhudAP to reach out to people and get information from them on Twitter and Facebook. It is also using Whatsapp extensively.

Meanwhile, Naidu said he has written to the PM asking the Centre to declare cyclone Hudhud a national calamity. He has also asked the Centre for an adhoc package relief of R2,000 crore.