While the ruthless floods spared no expense in trembling Chennai to its fullest, tech companies are making sure that they contribute their bit in the ongoing relief work. Facebook has introduced its much-known ‘Safety check’ feature dedicated solely to Chennai incident which has claimed over 250 lives so far.
This feature, as always, allows you to flag your friends as “Safe” , implying that your friend has not been affected by the disaster and had been in you contact recently. Facebook would allow you to quickly find and connect with friends in your area and let you know know if each one of them is safe and sound.
Several road and and rail links are down, the airport is flooded and shut, and essential supplies and rations are running out. There have been complaints of patchy to poor mobile phone service making it even more difficult for people to get in touch with their near and dear ones.
People are running out of their places and trying to get as far as possible from this disaster. Forget about people, even cars are complete submerged in water and are not less than a submarine.
Just mark your friends safe if you have been in contact with them. This would ease up things for acquaintances who have been trying hard to know if their loved ones are safe. Plus you will not have to check on each of your friend personally.
Facebook will itself determine your location and will ask you to tag your friends safe accordingly and will ask you to flag yourself too. The tool sends you real-time notification to let you know, as to which of your friends have been marked safe.