Incidents

RTGS-AWARE (AP Weather Forecasting and Early Disaster Warning)

  • AP govt through RTGS has entered into a collaboration with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to provide in house meteorological services to Govt. of Andhra Pradesh like Weather forecasting, nowcasting, agro-advisories, sea-state forecasting, extreme weather events like thunderbolts, lightning, cyclones monitoring, etc. RTGS-AWARE uses advanced ensemble modelling for weather forecasting.
  • All extreme weather events that may occur in the state are forecast and the advisories and communication are immediately sent by RTGS to respective clientele viz., district, mandal and village level administrations, citizens, farmers, fishermen, etc.
  • Agro-advisories: are sent bi-weekly to all the agricultural functionaries in the state till the village level - region and crop wise.
  • Rough Sea Alerts: are sent to fisherman 48 hours or 72 hours prior to the occurrence to the fisheries department, district administration and individual fishermen. RTGS uses the People Hub databases in taking contact details of fishermen and IVRS call alerts are sent advising them not to venture into the sea.
  • Thunderbolts/Lightning: An advanced weather modelling application is put in use for prediction of lightning and thundershowers wherein the system shall be able to detect occurrence of a lightning event 40 minutes prior to the fall. During such events, RTGS through the Parishkara Vedika platform blasts IVRS calls to the local citizens, farmers, agricultural labourers, and important village functionaries like Panchayat secretary, VRO, Sarpanch of the village/mandal where lightning is about to happen alerting them to stay inside safe and secure buildings.
  • Cyclones/Depressions: Events like Cyclones and Depressions are also forecast and their track monitored by RTGS AWARE and appropriate dissemination, alerts are sent to local administration.
  • RTGS was largely responsible for successfully alerting the district administrations of Srikakulam and East Godavari during the Cyclones Titli and Phethai respectively.

Sensors

  • We use a million IoT devices and sensors through which massive data is collected
  • Monitoring of streetlights, groudwater report, the weather forecast
  • The State government recently forecast two cyclones much better than the national board, all the houses in the path of the cyclone could be alerted due to which there were single digit casualties recorded
  • Information coming in at the right time helped us with disaster preparedness

Weather

  • Accurate weather forecasting is possible with the help of sensors
  • Timely alerts and warnings can be sent out to citizens to ensure minimal damages and zero casualties

Disaster control

  • Disaster preparedness to face natural calamities is ensured through the real time communication and exchange of data between government departments
  • Latest and accurate data available at any given time helps make the decision-making process short and responsive

SEOC

  • To tackle emergency situations in an efficient manner, A State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) has been established by APSDMA (Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority) in its headquarters building.
  • The SEOC is equipped to monitor short-range, medium range and long range weather related natural hazards such as thunderstorm, floods, cyclones, earthquake etc. in multiple locations.
  • The information received from multiple agencies is analyzed and given to concerned authorities for emergency risk mitigation operations.

      Connectivity :

    • The real-time data from analytical system, results and advisories from multiple sources are communicated to field level functionaries and stakeholders through the communication interface of APSDMA
    • The SEOC is equipped with dedicated BSNL connectivity and APFibernet Connectivity. The V-SAT communication system established in the centre works as a second line of contact in case of failure of any of the above mentioned connectivity
    • Under Component of the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project, strengthening of Last Mile Connectivity under Early Warning Dissemination System is in process and aims to extend information reach to the lowest levels of the community
    • Additional methods of communication through government media platforms such as Kaizala application and mass messaging services provided by BSNL is established in the SEOC

Incidents and events

  • RTGS as part of its events and incidents monitoring activity, helps in quick resolution of an event or an incident in any part of the state. RTG constantly monitors all major incidents in the state and responds with institutional supports in case of a distress or an emergency situation. Supports services, communication, expert solutions, etc are immediately provided so that the incident in resolved swiftly.
  • RTG played an important role in the Vadapalli boat capsize incident in River Godavari near Polavaram during May 2018. RTGS was the first to alert the state administration and established communications with the district units providing all support to the local administration from the headquarters. RTGS liaised with the Indian Navy immediately after the incident and brought their bringing Naval deep diving teams and helicopters. The Naval teams greatly helped in quickly finding the missing bodies.
  • The alert management system constantly monitors all print, electronic and digital media for any untoward incident in the state.