AylluDamos – Think Tanks for sustainable development
As the city Trujillo in Peru prepared itself for heavy rainfall on November 20 2019, many citizens were using a novel smartphone app to receive updates from the city administration and to share critical information with other users of the app at the same time. Trujillo had been hit by floodings already in the years prior, a total of seven in 2017 alone. During those times, streets are largely under water. Thousands of houses get damaged and again and again people lose their lives in the floods as well. Due to the weather phenomenon El Niño and climate change the frequency of events like that is increasing constantly. On that day in November, the app with the name AylluDamos (“Ayllu” is the word for family in Quechua and “AylluDamos” resembles the Spanish phrase “we help”) gathered data in real time. In doing so, it helped the citizens to locate family members and friends or provide supplies where they are needed the most. Because of an early warning system positioned in the mountains close to the city the people were not caught off guard by the natural disaster on that occasion. They were able to prepare.
Additionally, the city administration is going to be able to use the collected data in order to develop a climate-resilient urban development and planning. The amount of data that the AylluDamos App gathers during a flooding like that would have taken the officials months
to collect before they had access to the technology. Now the data can be used to, for example, strategically equip streets that have been exceedingly affected by floodings with water drains.