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Updated: Google Launches Crisis Maps & People Finder For Uttarakhand Floods; Other Initiatives

(By Apurva Chaudhary & Vikas SN) Update: Google has also launched a Crisis Map for Uttarakhand, which aims to provide information like the places affected by the floods, relief camps, shelters and medical camps in affected areas and road closure information in these regions. Besides this, Vodafone has set up 19 helpline centres and is offering communication facilities to affected people through its local distributors and service points, according to a The Hindu Business Report. The company is apparently providing talk time credit of Rs 10 to 40,000 eligible prepaid customers and around 80,000 roaming customers in these regions. Airtel is also offering talk time credit of Rs 10 to 20,000 of its subscribers whose balance was less than Rs 1, across four districts - Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Tehri Garwhal, reports PTI (via DNA). Airtel has also provided an extra 50 Airtel-to-Airtel local minutes to affected users and has setup free calling booths and a free Emergency Alert Service for registered customers in affected areas. Earlier (June 21) : Google is offering its Google Person Finder service to offer information on missing people in the flood affected areas in the state of Uttarkhand, India. About more than 150 people are reported dead so far in Uttarkhand cited as the Himalayan Tsunami, officials claim that the death toll will eventually hit the thousands. Google Person Finder is a web application that allows one to post and search for the status of relatives or friends affected by a disaster. The data entered into Google Person Finder is available to the public and is…

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