Google’s Flood Hub, an AI-driven flood warning system, is expanding to track flood threats in an additional 60 countries. The original model could provide warnings to people in India and Bangladesh up to one week in advance, which is much longer than the 48 hours that previous technology could predict. Now, Flood Hub supports 80 countries, including regions in Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, and South and Central America.
Google estimates that this expansion can assist 460 million people living in flood-prone areas. The company is also working to make the information from Flood Hub available on Search and Maps. However, the tool currently only tracks river flooding and not rainfall or coastal flooding. In addition to floods, the company also utilizes AI and satellite imagery to track wildfires and alert individuals who may be in danger.