Facebook has just activated safety check across the state of Kerala as rain continues to pour leading to flash floods. According to the information tab about the even in Facebook Crisis Response section, “at least 26” people have lost their lives across the state since Wednesday because of excessive flooding. This has increased the total causality number to “at least 157” during this monsoon season. The information states that the districts of Palakkad, Idukki, Wayanad, Malappuram, and Kozhikode were “heavily impacted” by the floods. The state government has deployed military forces for relief and rescue operations.
For the uninitiated, Facebook Safety Check is a tool that the social media giant has built so that its users can contact their family and/or friends located in any disaster or calamity affected region to inquire about their well being. This feature also allows Facebook users in the affected areas to offer their help for a number of things ranging from volunteer work, food, clothing, and water using the platform. This feature is manually enabled by Facebook as the company keeps a track of almost all the situations across the globe.
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According to a report by The Times of India, the government has deployed eight columns of Army for rescue operations. According to the report, the government has started ordering for evacuations of the families and tourists struck across the disaster-hit regions.
This is not the first time that Facebook has activated the safety check in India and instead, the feature has been activated whenever there is a major disaster or calamity in any corner of the country. More recently, Facebook activated this feature during the dust storms that swept across North India earlier this year and during Mumbai rains during the Monsoon season last year.