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Besides, Google's customized initiative, hoards of Netizens, in pursuit to support flood victims, have now started tweeting instantaneously

NEW DELHI, INDIA: In the Himalayan Tsunami mayhem, hundreds are feared dead, nearly 15,000 missing and over 100,000 stranded as a result of flash floods that have devastated a major part of Uttarakhand region.

The incident has brought together netizens across geographies. While the relatives and friends of those visiting the temple towns desperately seek information, Facebookers have set up communities to help victims and raise funds, while Twitteratis (under the hastag: #Uttarakhand) are putting up real-time updates.

In the meanwhile, Internet giant Google has launched Person Finder - an online tool available in both Hindi and English languages - that allows individuals to post information on missing persons or those trapped in the affected areas.

The tool, Google said, is currently tracking more than 1,000 records. It allows people to throw search with names and the app generates pictures (if available in databank) together with victims' addresses.

Besides, Google's customized initiative, Facebookers have set up as many as a dozen of communities such as the Uttarakhand flood disaster 2013: information, help and relief; Uttarakhand Flood Relief Charity; and Rescue Tourists and People from Flood in Uttarakhand.

Hoards of netizens, in pursuit to support flood victims, have now started tweeting instantaneously. Some of the tweets include: @IndiaHelps said, "Requesting public donations of materials for the ongoing Uttarakhand & Himachal Pradesh flood relief." While, Vippie@BlackoutPriest tweets, ''#Uttarakhand Help Line numbers #India #UttarakhandFloods #Help #RT (Got it on #WhatsApp). Further share it here''.

Subhajit Sengupta said, "Now time for some good news! Roads to Uttarkashi have been cleared. 1000s of tourists on their way back. Another Twitterati @ksmsundaram1975 tweets, ''#SaluteArmy for putting nation b4 self - risking their very lives 2 save fellow citizens in #Uttarakhand #JaiJawan.''

With growing concern, the PMOIndia, this afternoon, tweeted the link to Uttarakhand Government's official website. The tweet read: ''Uttarakhand Government's website for information on rescue and relief operations - http://uk.gov.in/pages/view/481-rescue-and-relief-operations''

Helpline Telephone (by region) Numbers:

Almora: 05962-237874
Chamoli: 01372-251437, 251077
Pithoragarh: 05964-228050, 226326
Nainital: 05942-231179
Rudraprayag: 01364-233727
Uttarkashi: 01374-226461
Dehradun: 0135-2726066
Haridwar:01334-223999
Tehri Garwal: 01376- 233433
Bageshwar: 05963- 220197
Champawat: 05965-230703
Paudi Garwal: 01368-221840
Udham Singh Nagar: 05944-250719, 250823

Uttarakhand Government's Rescue and Relief Central Helpline: 0135 -2718400

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Aam Admi Sun Jun 23 at 01:03 PM

mr kejriwal & team busy in delhi election. all eyes to replace delhi cm, no time to think on national disaster.

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Tripti Vyas Sat Jun 22 at 12:07 PM

Baba Ramdev has over 100 crore personal fortune excluding that of trust. He spends lot on publicity and political agitations and has much energy to hold protests and fasts in Delhi. Has he paid Rs 100?? Uttarakhand is his home town, yet he's unwilling to volunteer. Is not strange?

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Karan Sat Jun 22 at 12:02 PM

TRue@Madhukar. Even Muslim body sets up relief camp. Not just these people but Baba Ramdev is also missing from action. Jai Hind

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Madhukar Sat Jun 22 at 11:15 AM

Karan@ these people will come to boast & take credit once the situation is overcome. For the time being, let us join hand and help people in this hour of need! Jai Hind

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Karan Fri Jun 21 at 09:55 PM

Where is Anna Hazarae, Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi?? How much have they donated to flood victims. Are not these opportunists?????

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Ramola Singh Fri Jun 21 at 02:14 PM

Go To: http://uk.gov.in/pages/view/481-rescue-and-relief-operations

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