Crowdsourced flood map of Chennai


Chennai, my beloved hometown is under water and is experiencing the wettest monsoon in over 100 years! The city on the coast of Bay of Bengal has received over 50 cm of rain in less than 24 hours and things are only predicted to get worse as more rains are forecast.

Arun and his team @Mapbox, have built a crowd-sourced tool for reporting the flooded parts of the city and so far over 4000 roads have been reported as inundated. If you are in Madras at the moment, consider using this map to identify flooded areas and also upload geotagged pictures of the flooding using the United Nations entity app – UN-ASSIGN.

Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 19.40.16The army and navy have been called in and the local people have opened their homes for everyone to find shelter. Its heart-warming to see the outpouring of help and assistance, my city has been offering each other on Whatsapp and #ChennaiFloodHelp on Twitter. Thanks everyone! Stay safe and take care!

I am one of those passionate "Geo-geeks" and "Geo-people" who is just too excited about everything Geo and Management. Location information and spatial technologies are just too big to take a back seat and watch them revolutionize the world. Always curious and looking for ways to innovate, I guess that it comes naturally by the gene pool I inherited from an engineer Mom and a researcher Dad.