India, September 10, 2014: The National Remote Sensing Centre has put out satellite images of the floods in Jammu and Kashmir. The images from RISAT 1 show that heavy rainfall has resulted in floods in different parts of the state in September. The situation has been aggravated due to rise in the water levels in the river Jhelum. The affected districts include Anantnag, Pulwama, Badgam, Kulgam and Rajouri.
Extending a helping hand, Google India has launched a web application 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 are searching for your loved ones in the disaster affected area, then can click on “I’m looking for someone” tab 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. The tool is available in both English and Hindi.
Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Minister of State in Prime Minister`s Office (PMO), Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Space and Atomic Energy said here today that there is no need to panic and reassured of necessary assistance to the relatives, kith and kin of the persons stranded in flood hit areas of Jammu and Kashmir.
So far, over 76,500 people have been rescued by the Armed forces and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the remaining are also in the process of being shifted out from the places where they are held up, he said.
Source: Google India Blog, and NRSC