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Facebook Adds ‘Safety Check’ Feature For Chennai

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Over the last few decades the problem of climate change is getting worse. It is the dangerous crisis of our time, responsible for rising seas, raging storms, searing heat, ferocious fires, severe drought, and punishing floods. It threatens our health, communities, economy, and national security.

What Is  Climate Change?

Climate change, also called Global warming, refers to the rise in average surface temperatures on Earth.

What causes Global Warming?

1. Deforestation and industrial emissions result to an increase greenhouse gases (such as carbon-dioxide) around earth’s atmosphere.

2. These greenhouse gases traps and absorbs atmospheric heat and ultimately causes Global warming (an increase earth’s surface temperature).

Impact of Global Warming:-

1. Climate Change:  The world’s is becoming warmer and warmer. There is also prediction of regional climate changes along the ecosystem.

2. Sea Level Change: One major consequence of global warming arising out of greenhouse effect is the rise in sea level. Four major changes take place prior to this. They are: Thermal expansion, mountain glacier melting, Greenland ice sheet melting and Polar (Arctic and Antarctic) ice sheet melting. Thus, the coastal cities and ports may be submerged under sea-water. Many islands may vanish from the earth surface as well as from the world map.

3. Human Health: The human health is put at risk because of Global warming. In recent years, there have been newer reports of spread of major tropical diseases with changing climate. As the earth becomes warmer, more and more people are likely to be affected by tropical diseases.

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One of the recent Case is Heavy Rainfall In Chennai and Other Nearby Areas.

Chennai, a city of 4.6 million people on India’s southeast coast, is reeling from some of the heaviest and deadliest rains in decades.

In early December, 397 millimeters (nearly 16 inches) of rain fell during a two-day period in Chennai. In November, 1,196 millimeters (47 inches) of rain fell, according to CNN Weather, more than three times the average monthly rainfall of 353 mm (14 inches).

The flooding brought out a helping spirit among residents of Chennai, once known as Madras and India’s fifth-largest city. The restoration of Internet service proved crucial for relief efforts.

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Chennai-Flood

Image Source: Chennai Speakers

The Indian military rescued thousands of people stranded without power, electricity or water,Also different government agencies and local bodies also helping to get the people relieved.

How Social Media is playing Crucial Role in this disaster time:-

Social media also have played an increasing role in emergencies and disasters. They have been used by individuals and communities to warn others of unsafe areas or situations, inform friends and family that someone is safe, and raise funds for disaster relief.

Social media can be useful as below:-

  • using the medium to conduct emergency communications and issue warnings;
  • using social media to receive victim requests for assistance;
  • monitoring user activities and postings to establish situational awareness; and
  • using uploaded images to create damage estimates, among others.

Google has also posted a link on its homepage called ‘Resources for the Chennai floods’, which provides details about relief camps and updates people about the situation in the city. Chennai residents have been tormented by the heavy downpour with excessive discharge of water from Chembarambakkam lake on the outskirts, flooding new areas in the city. People used the platforms like Facebook and Twitter to not just let people know they are safe but also to helping connect people get to safer locations.

Also Social networking giant Facebook has activated its Safety Check feature.

What is Safety Check Feature ?

Safety Check allows people to quickly share that they’re safe with friends and family during a disaster and help them connect with people they care about. During a disaster, Safety Check will help you:

  • Let friends and family know you’re safe
  • Check on friends and family in the affected area and connect with them
  • Share what you know about a friend or family member’s safety status.

Facebook’s Safety Check tool was introduced in October 2014, building on a system the company’s engineers in Japan created after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami called the Disaster Message Board. Since Safety Check’s official release, Facebook has deployed it six times in 2015 — following the earthquakes in Afghanistan, Chile and Nepal; Tropical Cyclone Pam in the South Pacific; Typhoon Ruby in the Philippines and most recently the Paris terror attacks.

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Face also have activated the ‘Safety Check’ feature on the platform for Chennai in lieu of the heavy rains and floods, which had left thousands affected and displaced.

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Image source :- IndianExpress.com

As a part of the feature, users can update their ‘safety status’ by which they can let their friends know that they are safe during the floods. Many chose to update their safety status which sent an alert to people on their friends list stating that they had been ‘safe’ during the rough weather. For many who had poor cell phone reception but managed to have a Wi-Fi connection, this proved to be useful.

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