Google Rolls Out Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief Center

Google launched several crisis tools for those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever.

Google rolled out some new apps that were designed to help the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever, which has smashed and towns and villages across Philippines, killing more than 10,000 people in just one city and leaving 600,000 displaced. Photo: Google Inc.

The Internet searching giant has launched an interactive Typhoon Haiyan relief map that shows the location of rescue workers and the hundreds of thousands of local citizens who suffered from storm.

The map also details the parts of the country that suffered during the typhoon most via its so-called “areas of calamity” function.

The app is updated almost every 10 minutes. It imploys a heat-map style design to chart the areas affected – as well as detailing rainfall levels and the ongoing risk of landslides and floods, Mashable writes.

Google’s resources feature a person finder that helps people search for the status of a person who suffered in the storm. Users can click on “I’m looking for someone” and paste a name; those who have personal information can click “I have information about someone” to insert that data.

The tool can be used on mobile devices as well. Globe subscribers can launch it by sending and SMS to 2662999 and typing “Search,” followed by the person’s name.

The number for SMART subscribers is 4664999, the number for Sun subscribers is 22020999 and the general number is +16508003977.

In the wake of the tragedy losts of funds were created to help affected by the severe typhoon.

If you want to help in some way those hurt during the disaster, you can donate to charities such as the American Red Cross, Unicef and the World Food Program as they attempt to bring much-needed relief to the area.

“You’ll also find a missing persons tool so you can report friends and family members to be “found,” or otherwise see if someone has more information. It’s also a good resource for up-to-date news stories on Haiyan/Yolanda,” informs Techlicious.

“Looking for an alternative way to provide funds to the victims? Phone carriers in the U.S. have teamed up with the mGive Foundation to make assisting as easy as sending an SMS message. Just text AID to 80108 and a $10 donation will be sent to mGive’s Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund. The charge will appear on your wireless bill or be deducted from your pre-paid balance as applicable.”

Philippines Typhoon Haiyan killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines, sweeping away villages along the coast and devastating the region’s main city.

According to reports, the majority of deaths were caused by surging sea water strewn with debris that many said resembled a tsunami that was  and drowning hundreds of people in one of the worst natural disasters to hit the typhoon-prone Southeast Asian nation.

“The situation is bad, the devastation has been significant. In some cases the devastation has been total,” the secretary to the cabinet, Rene Almendras, told a news conference.

“The only reason why we have no reports of casualties up to now is that communications systems … are down,” reported Colonel John Sanchez of the Philippines armed forces after posting aerial pictures of apocalyptic scenes in Guiuan, eastern Samar, where Haiyan first made landfall.

“One hundred percent of the structures either had their roofs blown away or sustained major damage.”

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