On May 25, 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake wrecked havoc in Nepal. This natural disaster has affected millions of people in this landlocked Himalayan country. The earthquake destroyed parts of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. Over 1.4 million people need food, water and shelter according to a BBC report. Over 4,000 people have lost their lives and relief efforts are underway to rescue people in the earthquake impacted areas.
Many neighboring countries and the USA responded to the disaster by sending people, supplies and money. Here in Silicon Valley various tech companies responded swiftly by deploying tools and features to help with Nepal’s earthquake relief efforts. For example, Facebook’s “Safety Check” allows people to say that they are ok by clicking on “I’m Safe” button. Facebook is also helping with raising money for the relief efforts. Users have an option to donate to International Medical Corps and the money goes directly to the organization that is helping with relief efforts on the ground. Facebook will match every dollar up to $2 million.
Google launched its People Finder tool for Nepal’s earthquake relief efforts. You can post and search for the status of relatives or friends affected by the disaster. You can search People Finder by sending SMS.
In Nepal: Text “search <name>” to 6040
In India: Text “search <name>” to +91-9773300000
In US: text “search <name>” to +1 650-800-3978
Google’s People Finder is an open source project and if you are a developer you can contribute to this project through its GitHub page.
Apple has teamed up with the American Red Cross. You can donate to Aid Nepal earthquake relief efforts via your iTunes account. You can donate anywhere from $5 to $200.
Skype is offering free phone calls to Nepal. And San Francisco-based Twitter has created the hashtag #NepalQuakeRelief and linked it to @InCrisisRelief, a community-driven hub of local crisis response information.