The global community has joined hands to help Nepal climb out of the devastation caused by the recent earthquake. With donations and aid flooding in, the technology sector has also offered its help to ensure safety of loved ones and help the victims in Nepal.
Telecommunication giant: Airtel, together with Viber have extended services such as cheap call rates and even free calls to the region- Added to the services provided by Google and Facebook, the virtual aid is making a significant impact on the situation.
Voice-Over-Internet Provider (VOIP), Viber has switched off its Viber Out billing so the earthquake victims in Nepal can call their family and loved ones to let them know they’re safe. In all the chaos left behind by the earthquake, communication lines have been severely damaged. Viber offers survivors a viable alternative mode of free communication that can still be used through any internet connection for two days.
Airtel also joined the good cause and to mend communication bridges between families and friends split between India and Nepal, have made international calls between the two countries free. The free of cost calls can be made for the next 48 hours to find out how their loved ones are doing.
Mark Zuckerburg reminded people through his Facebook account that Facebook Safety Check can be used to update your friends and family about your safety. Launched last year, this tool asks users in the affected area about their safety and updates their account.
Google’s Person Finder is also being used as a missing persons’ database. The feature is also text activated and people can ask or provide information about missing persons after a disaster. This makes it a lot easier to find dear ones in a time of chaos.