KP Saikiran | TNN | Updated: Aug 23, 2018, 11:53 IST
  • Compassionate Keralam, a 6,000-strong group of volunteers, played a major role in saving lives of hundreds trapped in the floods.
  • The group members channelized all SOS messages received through different social media platforms.
Flood affected areas in KochiFlood affected areas in Kochi
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Social media turned out to be a lifesaver for hundreds during Kerala’s worst floods in a century with a group of enthusiasts, who have already been connected through Facebook, harnessing the immense potential of the platform.

Compassionate Keralam, a 6,000-strong group of volunteers, played a major role in helping the government machinery save lives of hundreds trapped in the floods. The group is an extended edition of Compassionate Kozhikode launched by IAS officer N Prasanth. “When our volunteers began offering help, we united them through the Facebook page titled KeralaFloods2018 and soon, the membership crossed 12,000 from all over the world,” Prasanth said.

It quickly snowballed into a serious affair with a group of tech-savvy members from all over the world, including from the US, the UK and Germany, providing technical support. The group members channelized all SOS messages received through different social media platforms, along with the data from the government’s website Keralarescue.in launched during the floods, to the government call centres. The volunteers channelised the data to the district control rooms from where the government machinery was attending to distress calls.

“I have never seen people ramping up so quickly and working autonomously with very little supervision and delivering results,” IT programme manager with Royal Bank of Scotland in London, Gopikrishnan J Nair, who volunteered and provided the technical support online, told TOI on phone from London.

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