Today on the net: online mobilization to help victims of typhoon Haiyan; web users comment on the Maldives’ political crisis; and a time lapse video of a hot air balloon festival.
Online mobilization to help typhoon Haiyan victims
Roofs ripped off, houses barely standing and streets strewn with all kinds of debris… Scenes of utter devastation posted online by web users in the Philippines attesting to the scale and violence of Typhoon Haiyan which tore through the archipelago on Friday leaving death and destruction in its path. Web users are now doing what they can to help the masses of people affected.
There has been a massive show of solidarity online, with growing calls to help those who have lost everything in the super storm: netizens can donate money or basic food supplies to various humanitarian organizations. The most vulnerable will be prioritized as aid is distributed, children being among the worst affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
Social networks have been widely used to alert emergency relief services. Web users have been posting under the #rescuePH hashtag to inform rescue teams where they are needed and volunteers can offer their help under the #reliefPH hashtag: keywords serving specific purposes so people in the Philippines can assist the rescue and relief operations in the most effective and appropriate fashion.
And finally Google has set up this interactive map providing precious information for those in need: like where to locate emergency shelters for example. The tool is updated on a regular basis with information sent in by local web users.
Political crisis in Maldives
Voters in the Maldives headed to the polls this weekend to elect a new president. But the Su... Go on reading on our web site.http://www.france24.com/en/taxonomy/emission/18008
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