Technology giants are reaching out and giving a helping hand to the tragedy which hit Nepal by offering free of charge call services or features that allow survivors to inform their loved ones they are ok.
On Saturday Google has re-launched Person Finder Service, which permits users to post data and look for information regarding missing friends and family. The service has been created by Google in 2010, after the disastrous earthquake from Haiti and contains tracking information of around 5,300 records concerning the tragedy from Nepal.
On the Google home page from Nepal (www.google.com.np) has been attached a link that sends you to the app. You just have to press on the link called “Resources related to Nepal Earthquake” which you will see placed under the search bar.
People can search for a missing person with the help of “I’m looking for someone” and can upload information about a person trough “I have information on someone”.
Facebook has also come in the help of those in need and has launched Safety Check, which is a system that helps users located in regions affected by the earthquake to notify their friends and family on the media platform that they are safe and sound.
In times of disasters loved ones need to know that you are ok and safe. In moments like this it is very important for people to have the possibility to connect, explained trough a post on his media page, Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook. Zuckerberg’s Facebook post was shared over 41,000 times and was liked 263,000 times.
A representative of Facebook stated that the system’s alert covered people within a range of 500 kilometers from the epicenter of the earthquake and includes not only Nepal but also areas of India, Bangladesh and Bhutan. So far millions of people have notified that they were safe, added Facebook’s spokesperson.
Viber announced on Sunday that they allowed people from Nepal to call land lines and mobile phones around the world free of charge. Viber users outside Nepal can also use the app to call mobile and land phones in the country without being charged.
Viber has almost 3 million users in Nepal and the system has shown a high activity coming from the country, stated the chief operating officer Michael Shmilov .
More and more technology companies are releasing services that would be extremely helpful in situations of crisis starting from epidemics to earthquakes and any other disasters.
During times like this, managing to establish a connection with the rest of the world can be almost impossible. It gets even more difficult if you are located in a country like Nepal where internet and mobile connectivity is limited on a normal basis. Nepal has an estimated population of 30 million people and only around 13% are using the internet.
Saturday Nepal was hit by a 7.8 degrees earthquake, the largest earthquake to affect the country for the past 81 years.
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