The Philippines is hit by an average of twenty typhoons a year. Most of the time, these cause major flooding that can be a danger to one’s life and livelihood. Lives have been lost due to storm flooding because people didn’t know what path to take to safety or even if their area would be hit by a flood-causing downpour.
Arko hopes to address the need of every Filipino to more information during times of major rains and flooding. By accessing the extensive databases of Project NOAH and DOST, Arko can give the user up-to-the-minute updates on rainfall and other weather conditions near you or wherever you choose.
•Flood Mapping: Using data from previous floods (like Ondoy), Arko will show you which areas are prone to flooding so you can avoid them, or designate a safe zone where evacuees can go to during floods.
•Remote Monitoring: Arko can allow you to check on how flooding and/or rainfall is in other areas. Perfect for those who worry if a family member, loved one or friend is doing fine despite the weather.
•Weather Advisory: By connecting with Project NOAH, PAGASA and DOST's various weather monitoring facilities, Arko can give you updates on the weather. It can even give you a good estimate on whether it will rain or not, based on the data it gets.
Arko was developed by the Mobile Team of Pointwest Technologies Corporation, in cooperation with Project NOAH and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of the Republic of the Philippines.
Fix flood and landslide layers that are not completely loaded in the map.
Enhance storm surge advisory level feature.
Ratings and Reviews
Needs improvement and instructions
I like that the app helps in the monitoring of flooding in different areas but I have difficulty believing the data. For example, the height of the flooding must be exaggerated as there is no flood right now in some areas but the app reports there is (maybe the report is based on historical data? If so, they need to give better info)
Also, when I zoom in, the flood markers disappears. I wanted to see if a friend of mine who lives in a specific street is ok but do not understand why the colored shading disappears when I try to zoom in her street.
Anyway, i am still thankful for the app as it gives me a feeling of knowing something instead of nothing but I sincerely hope they would improve this app.
Very Helpful App
Continue to improve! Kudos! Very much needed this coming rainy season
If it does not work, just uninstall and reinstall the app. That's what i did. Perfectly working now! :)
- Pointwest Technologies Corporation
- 41.8 MB
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2012 Pointwest Technologies Corporation
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.