Urban flooding has become a common phenomenon worldwide in recent times. This is due to a combination of many factors such as unplanned growth in urban and suburban areas, improper maintenance of drainage and sewage facilities, indiscriminate conversion of many water bodies into building areas, unseasonal rainfall due to global warming, etc. As a part of this Indo-German joint research initiative on urban flooding code named, FloodEvac, Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (AmritaWNA) at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University in India has launched a project for monitoring and management of urban flooding using crowd-sourcing.

This trend has been observed during the recent floods in Chennai, India and also in Philippines and China. Smart phones equipped with high speed data connectivity and high resolution cameras are ubiquitous these days especially among the urban community. Therefore, we plan to involve the local community in data gathering about the local flood situation and the relief and rescue needs and offerings in their neighborhood. This data can also be used to assess the effectiveness of the action taken in the past and to assess the future planning needs.

This project addresses inherent challenges of urban floods. The proposed software suite (Smartphone & web) aims at –

  1. Collaboration between Government agencies, NGOs, Volunteers etc.
  2. Sharing real time information on the status of flooding, rescue and relief requests and responses, etc.
  3. Collecting data from various smart phone sensors in the background.
  4. Analyzing and synthesizing data to track the location and movement of people during a flooding event.
  5. Assessing the integrity of structures such as bridges.
  6. Using data collected for future city planning  and improving drainage systems and other infrastructure.


  • Indian (IND) Consortium
  • German (DE) Consortium (Coordinator UniBwM)
1. Amrita Center for Wireless
Networks and Applications
(AmritaWNA), Amrita Vishwa
Vidyapeetham (Amrita University) (AVVU)
Monitoring & Management of
Urban Flooding using a
Crowd-Sourcing Technique
Prof. Sethuraman Rao
Dr. Maneesha V Ramesh
Dr. Venkat Rangan
Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (AmritaWNA) Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University)
2. Department of Civil Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
The drainage system Prof. Dr. A. K. Gosain
Hauz Khas, New Delhi -
110 016, INDIA


Team Members:

Milestone meetings "FloodEvac" at City Hall Kulmbach


Project Meeting "FloodEvac" at the Department of Hydrology and River Basin Management, Technical University of Munich

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