The biggest issue when a Natural Disaster occurs is there is panic and people stop communicating with each other or false rumours appear from nowhere and there is a breakdown in the efficiency.
A Nepalese company, Sparrowsms has created a site for people to share information on what is happening on the ground. It has sections such as what aid is needed, what help is being offered with a location flag layered on top of google maps for people to see what is happening/reported in the specific region. From my knowledge a few of the organisations are using this tool to make sure issues are communicated so things move more efficiently.
The improvement we see which could be made to the tool is that there isn’t a section for organisation. This means it is difficult to link reports on which organisation is providing what aid at a specific time and to search for what a particular organisation has done/is currently working on.
If this information is outdated or there are other tools which organisations are using please contact us.
NB If you are a reader and not volunteering, we would appreciate it if you do not keep pinging the site as you will be taking the bandwidth of the site, and slowing the progress of recovery. We have enclosed a screenshot of the site for the readers, Thank you 🙂
From what we know:
Lokesh and Aditya Todi are fund raising on Indiegogo. Lokesh a MBA grad from Yale is on the ground in Nepal, Aditya his brother a Stanford Grad is in Boston helping, they are covered in a CNN Article.
Representing the surfing community Waves for Water are taking “400 clean-water filtration systems to Nepal which can provide up to 40,000 quake victims with access to clean water, almost immediately”.
We are currently in contact with Natalia from Iam Adventures Blog introduced by a mutual friend. She been on the ground has good contacts with who is looking for help.
Reliefweb which is the largest humanitarian information portal in the world has lots of information in regards to what is currently happening in Nepal. The link we have put in has the Urban Research and Rescue (USAR) snapshot on 29th April 2015.
Isra Aid director was helping out in Gangabu, and now Sindupalchowk.
There have been reports some aid has been forced back from areas such as Sindhupalchowk because people do not have permissions to help in the area (from the Ministry of Home Affair). If this is true there has been a break down in communication and there is room for improvement in efficiency.
One thing we are very worried about is the approach of the Monsoon season (June – August) and the landslides it could cause.