Facebook Rolls Out ‘Disaster Maps’ In India To Reach Out To People In Crisis

Facebook has collaborated with India’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), to which it will relay the data from the three tools

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While the catastrophes are always uninvited and unpredictable, a digital move intended to help in a crisis is the need of the hour. Facebook on Thursday rolled out Disaster Maps in India which aims to speed up in response and rehabilitation during the natural disasters.

Source: ht

What exactly is Disaster Maps?

Introduced globally in the month of June; Disaster Maps uses aggregated, de-identified Facebook data to help organizations address the critical gap in the information they often face when responding to natural disasters. To track down, Facebook provides multiple types of maps during disaster response efforts, which include aggregated location information people have chosen to share with Facebook. Now, this turns out to be a major help to NGOs and relief agencies in terms of locating affected and giving access to basic facilities—like food, water, and medical supplies—are needed.

According to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) data,

India is the third-worst affected country by natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, landslides, cyclones and drought. Moreover, the response time during and after these crises is often slow and it takes significant time and resources to understand where help is needed most. Disaster Maps, powered by Facebook’s technology and intensive research, will address this critical gap in data that government organizations face when responding to a crisis.

We hope that this initiative turns out to be a big-time saviour and reach out to all the causalities in a jiffy.

Information source: livemint

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