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FLOODS: TECHIES RISE TO THE CHALLENGE YET AGAIN

Once again, the floodgates of heaven (or hell?) have opened raining havoc in the northern districts of Kerala, bringing back painful memories of loss of lives and property, and unimaginable misery to lakhs of people, like in August 2018. Once again, the 1,20,000-strong community of technology professionals in Kerala have come out in strong support

Once again, the floodgates of heaven (or hell?) have opened raining havoc in the northern districts of Kerala, bringing back painful memories of loss of lives and property, and unimaginable misery to lakhs of people, like in August 2018.

Once again, the 1,20,000-strong community of technology professionals in Kerala have come out in strong support of the State administration in organising and managing relief operations. IT Parks Kerala, GTech (Group of Technology Companies) and socio-cultural forums of techies led by Natana are making commendable contributions towards alleviating the sufferings of the homeless and displaced.

Once again, talent and technology of Kerala’s IT community are helping the government to identify affected areas and communities, and streamline and track receipt and delivery of relief supplies.

Once again, through misinformation, fake news and negative propaganda, vested interests are trying to scuttle the humanitarian efforts. Kindly spread the word on following official government handles and spokespersons, and verify information before sharing on your social accounts and whatsapp groups. And to be sure, please send money only to the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF).

Once again, there is talk about whether the floods are natural disasters or man-made calamities. The well-educated and experienced tech professionals of Kerala should sit down to evaluate what kind of technology interventions are possible for correcting the wrongs of the past and ensuring that such tragedies do not happen again. Our ability to empathise and mobilize relief supplies cannot be the sustainable answer to nature’s fury.

Once again, we are proving as a society that we have our heart in the right place – #nammalottakettu. But reports from the ground talk about donor fatigue in good measure. This is not an invention of some mischievous soul but a reality in the developing world.

Certainly, #KeralaFloods cannot be an annual date with nature. We need to find answers. And fast.

Not again!

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