Google launches Person Finder app in India after Uttarakhand floods

Google's Person Finder app allows people to enter information about someone they are looking for or provide an update about a person.

Published Date
21 - Jun - 2013
| Last Updated
21 - Jun - 2013
Google launches Person Finder app in India after Uttarakhand floo...

In the wake of devastating flood in Uttarakhand, Google has launched an Indian version of its Person Finder application to help people track friends and loved ones in the affected region. The application is available in both Hindi and English.  

Google Person Finder is a popular online tool that enables users to post and search for the status of friends and relatives affected by a disaster. Data entered into Google Person Finder is available to the public and is searchable and accessible by anyone. The app also allows press agencies, non-governmental bodies and others to enter data and receive updates via Person Finder API based on the PFIF open standard. 

Since last week, the state of Uttarakhand in India has been grappling with severe floods. Given that most of these areas are highly inaccessible and have intermittent communication, we in the Google Crisis Response team are opening up Person Finder — a tool that can help trace the missing people in flood impacted regions of Uttarakhand,” says Google in a blog post.  

To know more on how the Person Finder works, click here.  

Google's Person Finder has proven quite helpful after several disasters across the world including the recent Boston bomb blast and devastating earthquake and tsunamis in Japan.