Google has released a crisis map through Google Maps to help in the monitoring of disaster-prone areas in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon at the height of tropical storm Maring (international name: Trami).
Luzon has been battered by the southwest monsoon brought by tropical storm Maring since Saturday, August 17, and has already affected more than 600,000 families. Seven have been reported dead due to the torrential rains.
The map, http://google.org/crisismap/2013-maring, which Pinoys can access on their desktop and mobile browsers, provides information about the tropical storm’s path, the rainfall warning, and the 24-hour forecast of accumulated rainfall across the country.
The map also shows:
• Clouds imagery
• Landslide and flood-prone areas
• Rainfall and flooding forecast
“Coming from our experience during recent typhoons, we realize that we are in a unique position to help our fellow Pinoys through technology. We will continue to assist in disseminating information to the public,” said Aileen Apolo, head of outreach at Google Southeast Asia.
“This crisis map is made possible with the help of the government, first responders and our volunteer mappers, and we hope it will be useful to those who want to help out,” Apolo added.
Anyone can share the maps or embed them in websites. “Simply hit the ‘Share’ button at the top of the map to get the HTML code,” Apolo said. “We will continue to update the maps as more information becomes available.”