Google Launches Person Finder For Nepal
Nepal was hit with natural calamity in the form of earthquake last week. The earthquake caused widespread destruction in the country, with thousands of lives affected by it. Google has made its Person Finder service available so that those who are looking for their friends and relatives residing in Nepal can find them.
The Person Finder tool provides information about people who may have been affected by the earthquake in Nepal. In addition to search option, it also provides an option to give knowledge about someone residing in Nepal.
Person Finder is a web app built on the Google App Engine platform. It searches the person by name and asks for the person’s given name and family name when someone wants to impart his or her knowledge about another person affected by the disaster.
Google states: “Google Person Finder helps people reconnect with friends and loved ones in the aftermath of natural and humanitarian disasters.”
The service currently has around 5,300 records entered and supports search by SMS. People residing in Nepal and India simply need to send a text message with ‘search’ in text body to +91-9773300000. Note that international charges may apply in Nepal. Those residing in US can search by sending the same text message to +1 650-800-3978.
The earthquake was 7.8 on Richter Scale, which is a strong one. Over 3,000 deaths have been reported with double this number injured, and a large number of houses have been hit with the destruction.