In August 2008, engineers from the Kosi Dam in Bihar sent a fax message to the state government, warning them that the embankment could not hold out longer and that disaster was impending. The fax message went unheeded as the official who was supposed to receive the fax was on leave. Consequently, residents could not be informed that a flood was headed their way. The same floods killed more than 500 people in Bihar and affected approximately 2.3 million others. 7 years down the lane from that horrible disaster, and many such similar calamities later, Chennai is witnessing one of the worst floods to ever hit the capital city of Tamil Nadu. The only differentiator this time around is - Technology.
Technology has changed the ways of disaster management and what we are seeing in Chennai is an eaxample of just that. Not only have smart devices become smarter over the years, but the growth in internet reach and accessebility can now be seen as a boon for those who unfortunately find themselves stranded in flooded areas in Chennai. Take social media for instance. Facebook has activated its safety check for residents of Tamil Nadu, so they can mark themselves safe and inform their loved ones of their location. People are using twitter to access emergency services and spread the word about flood affected areas as well as rescue operations. Location services on Whatsapp are being used to pull out those who find themselves stuck in flood-trodden territories, geographical information systems are being used to map inundated roads so that people can find their ways around flooded streets. Google is running a special crisis response page, where one can find compiled information on emergency response numbers, relief centers, flood maps, important tweets and related news.
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