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In an effort to aid Filipinos searching for relatives affected by Typhoon Washi (local name: Sendong), Google has provided a “person finder” utility last Monday. The database enables users to report names of relatives who remain missing.

The aftermath of the typhoon, which hit the southern Philippines with torrential rains that caused flash floods in two major cities, has left hundreds dead and the missing reaching the 1,000 mark.

Google clarified, however, that the database does not verify or review the accuracy of the data entered by people. The system is currently monitoring around 300 records of missing people as of posting time.

Google’s people finder database was used during the earthquake-tsumani disasters in Japan, where many people struggled to locate their relatives as communication lines were cut off.

Source: Interaksyon

 
 

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