Google ‘Person Finder’ app to help people during Kerala floods

With Kerala experiencing one of the worst natural disasters, everyone is contributing their bit to help the state and its people to save and rescue them from the calamity. On the same note, the giant search app– Google has launched its ‘Person Finder’ application in India which can be used to find missing persons in the flood-affected Kerala.

The purpose of the tool is to help in finding the near and dear ones who have been lost in the floods. ‘Person Finder’ will help the people to find a missing person as well as share information if someone has found a lost person.

The application works both on Mobile phones and Laptops/PCs.

1. Go to Google Person Finder homepage by entering the URL (http://g.co/pf) in the browser and choose the disaster name from clicking on the left sidebar e.g. Kerala floods.

2. If you have information on someone who is missing, then click on the green link which says–  [I have information about someone].

3. If you want to report a missing person, click on the blue link which says– [I’m looking for someone]. After clicking on the link, enter the name of the missing person in the [Name] field and then click on [Search for this person]. You can tap on the available records to find the detailed situation of the person.

4. You can check the safety information of the person. For further information, click on [Receive new arrival information of this person by e-mail] and then enter your e-mail id.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, making privy to the disastrous predicament of the state, told that 167 people have died in the state till now out of which more than 100 of them died in the last 36 hours.

All educational institutions have declared a holiday for today. Kochi Airport has been shut down. Relief and rescue operations are carried out by the army, the navy and the NDRF(National Disaster Response Force).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Kerala today. He tweeted, “Had a telephone conversation with Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan just now. We discussed the flood situation across the state and reviewed rescue operations. Later this evening, I will be heading to Kerala to take stock of the unfortunate situation due to flooding.”

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