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Riskmap India


Riskmap platform gathers confirmed flood reports from social media and messaging platforms. These reports are then added to a publicly available map helping inform communities about the flood situation in real-time. This platform can also feed this crowd-sourced data to the Emergency Management Departments through a custom-built RED (Risk Evaluation Dashboard).

Riskmap was piloted in Chennai (2017 to 2019) in partnership with CAG, and 100 Resilient Cities Network. During the seasonal flooding, Riskmap saw widespread use in which residents shared real-time flood information to help each other navigate to safety.

This project highlight the potential of civic data, gathered and sorted from various social media platforms, to generate a common operating picture for governments and communities.

Project Team

Miho Mazereeuw, Mayank Ojha, Aditya Barve, Evan Owens, Israel Macias

Past contributers: Abraham Quintero, Manaasa Priyaa Dharmapuri Sridhar, Tomas Holderness, Matthew Berryman

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