Powerful Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the central Philippines on Friday, killing an estimated 10,000 people and displacing more than 600,000, according to Reuters.
The Philippine Star reported thousands have started looking for family members in the storm-hit areas. However, due to paralyzed communication lines, the task has become rather difficult.
In order to help locate missing people, the Philippines government, national and international organizations and charities, have started special tracking services and forums. Some have been listed below:
Google Person Finder:
Google introduced its tool the “Person Finder” to help locate missing people.
Google Crisis Response Team also published a crowdsourced map for the Philippines to help people easily locate evacuation centers, crisis areas, and relief drop zone areas.
#YolandaPH Person Finder:
The Philippines Red Cross, member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, also opened its tracking services for missing victims.
Use #YolandaPH on Twitter or fill in the form available here.
Another Twitter hashtag to trace typhoon victims is has been provided by disaster-control website Relief Philippines. Just type in the person’s name, add #ReliefPH and tweet for help.
DepEd tracks Typhoon Yolanda:
The Philippines Education Department, DepEd, mobilized its staff to locate missing and injured people. For more information, visit www.deped.gov.
The American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross has also offered its tracking tools and services, the details of which can be found here.
Furthermore, Member of House of Representatives of the Philippines, Ferdinand Martin Romualdez started posting names of victims on his Facebook account.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development also created a list of more than 750 survivors in Tacloban City. It can be seen here.
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