Flood and Drought Management Tools

Rainfall apps for Africa

By HKV Consultants, The Netherlands

HKV launched 4 apps, called Rainsat, that show near real time rainfall information. The apps respectively cover Ghana, Ethiopia, Malawi and Mozambique. Rainfall information displayed in Rainsat is received from satellite observations, collected every 15-minutes.

Rainsat shows the rainfall intensity from the previous 4 hours up to now and helps the user to see if more rain can be expected in the imminent future. The app is obviously useful for water managers or farmers, but also enables citizens to make informed decisions on their activities if these are weather-related.

HKV continues to improve these services, either by connecting satellite data with ground observations, improving the information during the night and adding forecasts for the coming hours. Until the 1st of April 2016, the apps are available for free. You can find them in the stores for Apple and Android, and search for Rainsat.

For more info, visit the following website : http://www.rainsat.net/