In the wake of the devastating floods that have crippled services and stranded locals and tourists in Uttarakhand, the Indian Army has launched suryahopes.in to update concerned users on the rescue and relief operations that are underway in the state.
On the left pane of the homepage are categories like Home, Find Your Loved One, Location, Helpline Numbers, List of Rescued Person, Photo Gallery and Admin Login, whose functions are more or less self-explanatory. The 'Find Your Loved One' category is similar in function to Google’s Person Finder tool that was activated recently to let people search and report about those missing since the ravaging floods struck. Surya Hopes also features a ticker at the top that gives visitors updates on the current situation in the region and the rescue operation. The site also features a host of 'Important Links' that include emergency numbers for several government departments working in the state.
Rescue operations are still on in the state of Uttarakhand (Image credit: suryahopes.in)
A spokesman for the Central Command told IANS that the Surya Hopes site is a “one-stop helpline for people in distress following the natural calamity in Uttarakhand.” A disclaimer on the website reveals that the details given there are not final, and that the lists are being constantly updated with fresh information as and when they’re available.
In addition to this website, another good source of information on the Uttarakhand floods is the Google Crisis Response Map and its Person Finder tool – both were activated recently to aid the rescue operations in the state. The map is an early version aimed at providing quick information on places affected, relief centres, medical centres and road closures. With time, more information may be added to this list. Google hopes that real-time information will prove helpful to all the agencies working in a disaster affected zone.