NEW DELHI: Partnering
National Disaster Response Force
(NDRF), Twitter has launched a
dedicated search prompt
, which would let users access the latest information from
around disaster relief and preparedness efforts.
Starting Wednesday, Twitter users will be directed to relevant information and sources of
on Twitter if they type
like #Cyclone, #Earthquake, #floods, associated with disaster relief.
The information will be available in English and Hindi.
“The search prompt will also generate a list of government agencies working towards
and Relief in India, so people looking for support can easily identify and establish contact with credible authorities,” the microblogging company said in a press release.
“While disasters both natural and man-made can undoubtedly cause widespread humanitarian havoc, open internet and social media can immensely benefit the ecosystem by enabling people to connect with each other and with government agencies. Timely and reliable updates through Twitter can support the government in communicating to the people on rescue/relief services available to them and what they can do to receive it," NDRF director general SN Pradhan said.
Twitter said its team will regularly review the feature to ensure that all related keywords generate the proactive search prompt. Twitter public policy director, India and South Asia, Mahima Kaul said, “Relief teams have time and again turned to Twitter to connect with the people on ground, and share real-time information on provision of aid, rescue operations and emergency resources.”
“The dedicated search prompt will ensure there is uninterrupted access to relevant and authoritative information, such as important updates on critical transit and utility outages, efforts to oversee crowd management, and establish direct access between the affected areas and the rescue teams,” she added.