The loss of Nepal Earthquake is immense. As per the latest UN report released via BBC, around eight million people were affected by the Nepal earthquake and 1.4m require food aid, the death toll crosses 4000. Sensing the gravity of the severe situation, many private and government bodies have come forward to help the affected ones, and enable them to meet their dear ones through internet. Not surprisingly, the worldwideweb has yet again made its importance be felt, and this time the reason is humanity, and not sales. Kudos to the organizations (as below) who have come forward to contribute their bit in this troublesome moment.
Facebook ‘Safety Check’
Mark Zuckerberg was quick to respond to calamity with a reminder of Facebook’s ‘Safety Check’ feature launched last year. The social media platform believes, “Safety is a conversation and a shared responsibility among all of us. That’s why we provide the information, tools and resources you’ll find here ”. The feature lets you marked safe or unsafe in the wake of a natural calamity and lets you check if your friends are also safe enough. For Nepal quake tragedy, this facility is a welcome respite for those searching for their lost loved ones.
Google Person Finder
Person Finder project from Google is also effective in finding missing people with the help of its robust database. Whether you are looking for someone or you have information about someone missing, you can browse through Personfinder to search or provide the requisite details. Google has also allowed to search through SMS through specific numbers.
Red Cross Familylinks
The Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Nepal Red Cross Society have come together to enable people search their missing family members and friends. It allows the people to search from the ‘List of missing persons and persons who have reported that they are alive’ through Familylinks. The affected ones can also register themselves as ‘I am alive’, or ‘Register a missing person’.
Links for Donations
Besides finding the missing people, you can browse through many links if you are interested to support the relief efforts through donations, food items, etc. Some of the most prominent ones in this regard include Oxfam International, World Food Program, America Nepal Medical Foundation, UNICEF, PayPal Giving Fund, World Vision, MercyCorps, Handicap International, Global Giving, International Medical Corps, and more.