'Project Noah' monitors storms, floods

Posted at 06/19/2012 2:21 AM | Updated as of 06/19/2012 2:21 AM

MANILA, Philippines - State weather bureau PAGASA, the Department of Science and Technology, other government agencies, private groups, and business firms have launched a new website that puts information about floods and the weather within everyone's reach.

The website, Project Noah, can even show you how flooded your own neighborhood will be in the event of a very strong typhoon.

It is also a website that allows you to see storm tracks, the amount of rainfall in a particular area, the water level in your nearest river, as well as how high the flood will be in your very own home.

All you have to do is type the name of your street, village, or city and watch the flood maps reveal which parts of your community will be submerged in floods.

"Ito na ang unang hakbang tungo sa mabuting paghahanda ng lahat para sa mga darating na disasters," said University of the Philippines Professor Dr. Mahar Lagmay, leader of "Project Noah."

All the information comes from over 100 new weather gauges and 4 new Doppler radars bought and installed by the government.

Officials in the City of Marikina have seen the website. They plan to use "Noah" to help them prevent a repeat of the damage caused by tropical storm Ondoy.

"Ngayon di na kami mangangapa, kita na namin yung mga lugar na kailangang buhusan ng paghahanda, at makikita na namin kung gaano karaming panahon pa mayroon bago kami tamaan," said Rep. Miro Quimbo.

"Noah" is still in its early stages and the government wants to integrate its use in local governments to make disaster preparedness all over the country faster and more efficient.  - report from Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News; ANC