Himalayan Flood:Google app to Trace Missing People

Himalayan floods

Google has launched a whole new app “Person Finder” to find missing people in flood affected areas of Uttarakhand in Northern India. The Himalayan flood, lately called the ‘Himalayan Tsunami’ took a heavy toll of life as many people are still missing, while 550 dead bodies have been found in flood affected areas. Constant downpour made things worse and rescue teams are facing severe obstacles. Army helicaptors are not enough to trace missing villagers or travelers. So, Google, the ultimate search engine comes to the rescue to help find missing flood victims. This app will trace people in flood affected areas of Northern India.

The real number of missing people is still under conjecture, as at least 1500 people have been rescued by the army; but 70,000 pilgrims were amassed there and many are still missing. Google desires to trace the missing people by their new app “Google Person Finder”.

“Google Person Finder” is a web application that allows individuals to post and search for the status of relatives or friends affected by a disaster, Google said in a blog post. Google is also trying to include it on social networking sites as more and more people are commenting on the lethal situation on their accounts. The Himalayan flood ravaged Northern India making its residents and pilgrims suffer the incredible force of the flooding. The big stones along with the water caused devastating casualties.

The tool can help trace the missing people in flood-affected regions of Uttarakhand and is available in Hindi and English, it added. All data entered into Google ‘Person Finder‘ is available to the public and searchable by anyone to trace missing persons. The program also lets press agencies, non-governmental agencies and others contribute to the database and receive updates by using the Person Finder APP 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 in the state are highly inaccessible with intermittent communication, Google Crisis team bring you the Person Finder,” the blog post by Jayanth Mysore, Google APAC Senior Product Manager, said.
The monsoon fury, accompanied with downpour and landslides still kept 50,00 people stranded and the missing people reaching an unbelievable numer. The army is hopeful that giving the people its utmost support, will be aided with the help of Google. Many helplines are opene to take care of pilgrims. Now they just need to know the technique for finding missing people. The devastated people can now hope against hope of finding their loved ones.

People are still being rescued from remote hamlets of Rudraprayag, Chamoli and nook-est corners of Uttarkashi. So, in spite of the destruction, people are still hopeful of finding their relatives or lost family members. So, it’s Google’s noble course to assist in finding the missing ones. Though some still doubt its usefulness, Google developers are eager to trace missing people using this whole new app from remote villages of Uttarakhand. They are eager to combat the Himalayan flood in their own way.

So, the Himalayan flood may strangle the country but it could not snatch the will power of its people. Army men are doing their best to find and rescue trapped people. And now, Google joins hands with new application to trace missing individuals by its “Person Finder” data.


Written by: Jayeeta Shamsul



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