Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-05-27 10:38 Bengaluru: In order to limit rain-related damage, the BBMP has tied-up with Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), which has developed an app for urban flood forecasting.The centre has fixed 144 gauges in the Bengaluru urban area to rack the intensity of the rainfall. If the rainfall touches the threshold level of over 12.mm, an alert will be sent to every BBMP official.Dr GS Srinivas Reddy, Director, KSNDMC said, "We have put up a rain gauge for every 3 km. With the help of custom-built software, we will be issuing flood alerts if rainfall touches the threshold level of over 12.5mm. Alerts will sent to mobile phones of officials including BBMP Commissioner, all zonal commissioners, control room and chief engineers of each zone.”He said the centre had collated data about the land use pattern, exposed area, storm-water drains and its water carrying capacity per hour which will come in handy in forecasting. “It will be operational from June. The BBMP will get an alert about heavy rains, possible flooding of different areas few hours earlier.”Dr Reddy said the state revenue department had “allocated Rs 50 lakh” towards the “development of disaster monitoring centre”. “We have invested Rs50,000 for setting up one rain gauge unit. Immediately after the rain forecast, a flood forecast will be generated each time and sent to officials’ numbers,” said Dr Reddy.We are prepared for monsoonBBMP commissioner Manjunath Prasad said the civic body would benefit a great deal if it receives flood alerts a little earlier."The BBMP always had issues with heavy rain. Now with the alert coming in early, officials will be deputed to check if drains are clogged. Also, we will alert people staying in low lying regions in the city," said Manjunath Prasad.Urban Expert V Ravichander said it was a “good idea” to use technology to forecast rains and floods. “But it should be reasonably accurate, otherwise people will not believe it. And the BBMP should start preparing for the monsoon at least now. They are yet to take-up desilting work in many areas. Floods in low lying regions and clogged drains are all man-made problems,” said Ravichander.