The state of Jammu and Kashmir is facing its worst floods in 60 years. Given that the flood has uprooted communication modes making the area almost inaccessible, companies have come forward to offer help from their side. This article briefs up a couple of initiatives.
Google Person Finder, a web application that allows individuals to post the details of, and search for the status of, family members or friends affected by the disaster. If you’re worried about someone in the disaster affected area, then click on “I’m Looking for Someone” and type in their name. If you want to let people know you’re safe, or if you have heard from someone in the disaster affected area, then click on “I have information about someone” and put in their names and details. As the number of names and records increases, the tool will make it easier for those who are safe to pass on their status to people worried about them. It is available in both English and Hindi.
Google has also made Person Finder available on mobile phones. You can request status via SMS by sending the message “Search”, followed by the person’s name i.e. “Search” <name>, to the number 9773300000 . For example, if you are searching for Rohan Gupta, send the message “Search Rohan Gupta”.
Aircel, an Indian Mobile network operator is offering free calls to all its postpaid and prepaid J&K customers for the next two days, the 10th and 11th of September 2014, in its support towards the natural calamity faced in J&K. Aircel is also working together with the local administration and the Army to restore 2G network in the city and to ensure no outages reoccur on their 3G network, which is presently up and running in Srinagar.
Aircel has offered its network to all other mobile service operators to help the people of J&K to connect with their families and friends. In this need of the hour, Aircel has also set up mobile charging units & calling booths to offer the stranded flood victims the facility to make free calls to their homes/families and friends. The booths are equipped with handsets, sufficient talk-time and mobile charging units to enable free calls.
The Rescue Teams of Aircel employees are working to evacuate people stranded in flooded areas. Aircel is also working closely with the local agencies and Government’s disaster management groups to render help and support with relief work being carried out. The company is also stocking up relief material like medicines, water, non-perishable food items at their offices.
While on-ground disaster response is being carried out by specialised entities, everyone can do their bit to help by sharing information. The helpline information of the Army, Home Ministry, and NDRF Control Room are listed below:
- Emergency Army Helpline:(+91) 011-23019831
- Home Ministry Helpline:(+91) 011-23093054 · (+91) 011-23092763
- NDRF Control Room:(+91) 011-26107953 · (+91) 0-9711077372