Assam, first Indian state to have a digital flood reporting system

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Jishnu Barua, Chief Secretary of Assam, on May 8, 2021, launched a real-time digital flood information and reporting system (FIRMS) in Assam state.

With the launch of FRIMS, Assam becomes the first Indian state to have a digital real-time flood reporting system. With the Brahmaputra River flowing at the crux, Assam is prone to severe flooding and erosion every year.

FRIMS, a digital real-time flood reporting system, was jointly developed by the Assam State Disaster Management Agency (ASDMA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

During the digital launch, Chief Secretary Barua said that flood management is a crucial administrative function that involves various departments and stakeholders. He mentioned that the existing flood reporting system was a very time consuming affair due to manual verification and quality control system.

Tom White, UNICEF India’s Head of Emergency and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) praised the government of Assam for becoming the first state to have a digital flood reporting system. “Such a system will go a long way in measuring the impact of disaster risk reduction interventions,” he added.

Avinash Josh, senior secretary of the Department of Revenue and Disaster Management, said the digital flood reporting system will allow immediate verification based on alerts at defined levels, feeding information to the source and providing feedback. automatic compilation.

GD Tripathi, president and CEO of ASDMA, said staff members and field agents have completed the required training.

Assam has a mandatory flood reporting protocol in place every year from May 15 to October 15.

Flood Reporting and Information Management System (FRIMS)

• The Flood Reporting and Information Management System (FRIMS) is a digital real-time flood reporting system launched in Assam.

• Assam is the first Indian state to adopt a digital flood reporting system that will replace the existing manual flood reporting system.

• FRIMS was jointly developed by the Assam State Disaster Management Agency (ASDMA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

• FRIMS will be operational from May 15th. The system will allow immediate verification based on alerts at defined levels, feed of information at source and automatic compilation.


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