The IT has become one of the main weapons against natural disasters, both as prevention and recovery tool. Discover some of the Hi-Tech projects used during the recent typhoon in the Philippines and the new ones to come, such as Google Loon
In the recent years internet technology is helping substantially in resolving the global problems such as illiteracy, education and diseases prevention, but also during the political crises (the recent Arab Spring for example). Its role has also become crucial in disaster response, whether as communication tool (especially through the social media), people locator or internet provider.
The latest example can be found in the Philippines, during the super typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded that stroked this Pacific island with gusts of up to 200mph (320km/h). The central islands were hit mostly: Leyte, Samar and Cebu and the city of Tacloban was one of the most devastated. The aftermath was tragical: 5000 victims, more than 20.000 injured, 4 million displaced and still 1.600 people are missing. The technology response was immediate: some of the most used tools in the hours following the disaster were missing people finders, for example Google Person finder, that matches the name and available details of the person you are looking for with the data already in the system, or the survivors list put up by The Phillipines Red Cross and the Sunstar.com.ph.