Google announces $1 million for flood relief in South Asia

Google's Crisis Response team has activated "SOS Alerts" as well.

  • Published: August 31, 2017 3:32 PM IST

Google pledged $1 million relief to flood-hit areas of India, Nepal and Bangladesh. “We are committing $1 million from and Google employees to Goonj and Save the Children for their relief efforts,” Rajan Anandan, Vice-President, South East Asia and India, wrote in a blog post.

Save the Children is working in the flood-affected areas of the three countries and aims to reach a total of 1,60,000 people.  The organization is providing food and livelihood support, temporary shelter materials, hygiene items and water source restoration to the affected people.

Children are the most vulnerable in situations like these. Save the Children is focused on setting up child-friendly spaces where children can gain access to educational materials and playtime. Meanwhile, Goonj –an NGO — aims to reach 75,000 affected families across nine states of rural India. The efforts include providing families with basic needs kits such as food, mats, blankets and hygiene items. ALSO READ: ARCore, Google’s answer to Apple ARKit released

They are also aiming to help rebuild and revive community structures like roads, bridges, and schools in the flood-hit areas. Meanwhile, Google’s Crisis Response team has activated “SOS Alerts” for the flooding in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Six states in India, including Assam and Bihar, are reeling under floods. Mumbai also received very heavy rains. ALSO READ: Social media posts can help predict natural disasters like floods, hurricanes 

The flood threat perception has been set high for parts of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, as the reservoirs and dams on rivers Mahi, Sabarmati, Banas and their tributaries is already holding 90 to 94 percent of their capacity.

  • Published Date: August 31, 2017 3:32 PM IST