POSTED July 5, 2022
How can social media help us respond to natural disasters?
Find out how real-time information can make a difference in vulnerable communities
As monsoons hit India, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay is looking to turn to Twitter for real-time weather updates directly from the source.
The idea is to use digital elevation, along with the tweets of local residents, to better map monsoon floods and give real-time alerts, reports Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“What we are not able to do is minimize the damage caused by floods … [but] crowdsourcing information can validate forecasts, help tweak predictions and improve relief and rescue operations,” Prasoon Singh, lead for the Center for Global Environment Research of New Delhi-based Energy and Resources Institute, is quoted as saying by Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Social media has been a lifeline in Children Believe’s work, too. During the COVID-19 lockdowns, it helped support education and community well-being. Juana, a community leader from our program in Nicaragua, turned to WhatsApp and Facebook to communicate with families and ensure their health while students used WhatsApp to continue learning.
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