The Tech Mermaid Alert

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អត្ថបទ​នេះមានជាភាសា៖ kmខ្មែរ

Floods affect millions of Cambodians each year, and many people do not have access to information that can help them prepare for the floods. Cambodia’s National Committee for Disaster Management reports that in 2013, more than 1.8 million people were affected by heavy rain and flash floods across 20 provinces causing more than US$350 million worth of damage.

In 2016, Development Innovations partnered with People In Need and the DAI Maker Lab to develop and test a low-cost sonar stream gauge, or flood warning tool prototype, called the Tepmachcha, the Khmer word for mermaid. In 2017, DI funded PIN to develop new tools, and expand the disaster warning system to reach new provinces and flood prone areas. People in Need’s EWS 1294 system helps use data from the flood warning tool and link it to other prediction and resilience technologies to help Cambodian citizens be more prepared for floods and other disasters. People In Need works in coordination with the Royal Government of Cambodia’s NCDM, and have registered more than 70,000 users across the most flood-prone provinces in the country to date, and is working on plans to expand nationwide.

Watch this video to hear from one of the users of the system from Kampot province, Ms. Davy TITH.