Uttarakhand flood: Netizens establish relief fund and information service

By : |June 21, 2013 0

The fury of Himalayan Tsunami with Kedarnath as an epicenter led to a toll of hundreds who feared dead, nearly 15,000 missing and 100,000 stranded has raised inquisitiveness among many Webizens across geographies. While the relatives and friends of those visiting temple town desperately seek information, the Facebookers set up communities to help victims and raise funds while Twitterati (under a hastag: #Uttarakhand) put real-time updates.

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, hordes of Netizens, in pursuit to support flood victims, have now tweeting instantaneously. While Facebookers have set up as many as dozen of communities such as Uttarakhand flood disaster 2013: information, help and relief; Uttarakhand Flood Relief Charity; and Rescue Tourists and People from Flood in Uttarakhand.


A Tweeple@IndiaHelps said: “Requesting public donations of materials for the ongoing Uttarakhand & Himachal Pradesh flood relief.” While, Vippie@BlackoutPriest said: #Uttarakhand Help Line numbers #India #UttarakhandFloods #Help #RT (Got it on #WhatsApp). Further share it here.

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

‏Yet another tweet by @Sshankara updates: 1100 roads 94 bridges washed away not to mention private houses. Builders, contractors and everybody in between smacking their lips. Navjot Bajwa ‏@navjotbajwa08 tweets: My state my pride, resilient #Uttarakhand will overcome the disaster soon! Pray for the speedy recovery of the affected dhaams.

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