New Delhi: As Assam and parts of North East India and Bangladesh grapple with the onslaught of floods that have claimed tens of lives and displaced millions, we have launched a combination of crisis response efforts to help reach critical support to impacted people and communities.
As part of our efforts, Google.org has also made a grant of $500,000 to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to support community-based organisations working to provide emergency support and long-term recovery in the affected areas. This includes supporting organisations restoring household food security through dry ration, direct cash assistance, and distribution of hygiene kits. In addition, we’ve launched a campaign for Googlers to donate, matched 100 per cent by Google.
For those looking for relevant information on the flood situation, we have launched the SOS alert for Assam floods bringing together updates from authoritative local and national sources to the top of search results. If you are close to the affected areas, this Search will bring up emergency phone numbers, websites, and maps. If you are outside of the affected area, the Search will also show an SOS alert that provides a timely overview of the situation.
To make it easy for people looking to donate funds towards flood relief efforts in Assam, Spots for Smile Foundation and Goonj are now live on Google Pay. We will continue to add more organisations that are running fundraising efforts for flood relief.