Kerala floods: How these tech giants made relief work easy

New Delhi: People in Kerala are braving one of the worst calamities of all times as their state suffers massive loss of life and property due to incessant rains which led to a devastating flood.

Owing to the flood, the state witnessed deaths of nearly 370 people, while 8 lakh people have been displaced. Moreover, 8,000 houses have been washed away so far.

Meanwhile, rescue work is underway at full pace with Central government pressing in 57 teams of NDRF, involving about 1,300 personnel and 435 boats along with five companies of CISF, BSF and RAF for rescue and relief measures in the southern state.

However, it’s not just the rescue teams who have extended their unconditional support to the affected Keralites. Tech giants like Google, Facebook, Amazon are also doing the needful to ensure the safety of residents in God’s own country.

Let’s have a look at how these organisations are contributing to the cause:

  • Google is offering a list of location-based services to Kerala flood victims. Through the company’s Android OS on smartphones, stranded people can share a plus code of their exact location even if they are in the offline mode. Apart from that, Google’s finder tool has been tweaked to extract information about missing people in the state. Additionally, it has also pin-dropped list of rescue operations such as shelter, food and water, jeep rescue, relief material collection, medicines and essentials on Google Maps.
  • Amazon has simplified the donation of necessities to three NGO’s listed on its website — Habitat for Humanity, World Vision India and Goonj – in a bid to channelise the support to the state. Apart from Amazon, e-commerce website like Big Basket have also come up with a similar mode of donation.
  • Facebook has activated its Safety Check tool in the state to help people inform their relatives if they are safe or not.
  • Twitter is also coming in handy as the lite version of its app is offering information regarding the relief operations in the state under hashtags such as #KeralaFloods and #KeralaFloods2018
  • Caller ID service, TrueCaller, has linked its platform with Kerala CM’s Disaster Relief Fund and it is allowing people to donate money directly via the TrueCaller Pay feature on the app.
  • Almost all the major Telecom operators — Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and BSNL – have enabled free voice calls and mobile data, in the state for a period of seven days.
  • While the food ordering app, Zomato, has enabled the donation of meal worth Rs 6 or Rs 10 per head, cab aggregator service Ola is donating Rs 5 to the CM’s Relief Fund for every non-corporate ride that is booked on its platform.