Government uses google app to find people in flood hit areas


The Google application called “Person Finder” is a customized exclusive web application that allows individuals to post and search for the status of relatives or friends affected by a disaster. The rescue and disaster mitigation teams, sources said, are facing a number of odds in their task like bad communication network and high water level and this satellite-based application will strengthen their efforts to reach out to more victims of the worst-ever floods tragedy in the state.

Here are some previous ocassions when this app was used by respective governments

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