CM unveils Mumbai’s new flood warning system, calls it a boon-THE HINDU-13-06-2020

Context: Uddhav Thackeray unveils Mumbai’s new flood warning system, calls it a boon.

Details:

*The flood warning system called IFLOWS-Mumbai, will provide early warning for flooding specially during high rainfall events and cyclones.

*This will be a boon for Mumbai, a city that has been experiencing floods with increasing periodicity.Mumbai floods, especially that occurred in 2005 and 2017 are etched in everyone's memory.

*On July 26, 2005, Mumbai had witnessed one of its worst floods when the city had received 944 mm rainfall in a single day.

*The flood management system is a boon for the city and it will be helpful in saving Mumbai.

* The Ministry of Earth Sciences has developed the system with in-house expertise and coordination with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation . The Union Minister said the system was “one of the most advanced” ones and will help the city, which has been experiencing floods with increasing periodicity.

*The hi-tech system will predict floods before they occur, therefore enabling Mumbaikars to take due precautions in advance.

Significance:

*This highly-advanced flood warning system will help the people of Mumbai in a big way. A similar system was already developed by the MoES and is in operation in Chennai. “In the 2004 tsunami, we lost lakhs of lives, in the absence of an early warning system. But now, India has developed an early tsunami warning system for the whole world and UNESCO has asked India to help other countries in early tsunami warning.

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