SOUTH AFRICAN SPACE AGENCY DEVELOPS EARLY WARNING TOOL

The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has developed a risk map application aimed at giving early warning to the public of possible flooding.

The Gauteng provincial government has declared parts of the province affected by the recent flash floods as disaster areas.

Several parts of the province, including Mamelodi to the west of Pretoria in Tshwane, Ekurhuleni east of Johannesburg, Setjwetla in Alexandra and Ennerdale south of Johannesburg were hit by flash floods recently.

A remote sensing researcher at Sansa, Phila Sibandze, said here Wednesday that South Africans can view the application anytime to see if their areas have been mapped as a risk area.

"It's basically a water inundation map, where it shows different levels of water that can be inundated from a river. We have different water levels that we have developed on a national scale," says Sibandze.

"We have developed it for one metre, which means when the water level rises by one metre, this is the boundary of the water, when the water level rises by three metres and also by five metres, this where the water level will be as a standard for the whole country."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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