[caption id="attachment_94570" align="aligncenter" width="700"]This image from the Jammu and Kashmir Crisis Map shows a before and after cross section from the city of Srinagar This image from the Jammu and Kashmir Crisis Map shows a before and after cross section from the city of Srinagar[/caption]

To aid rescue process in flood hit state of Jammu & Kashmir, Google has created a Crisis map for Jammu and Kashmir with updated satellite imagery. The Map is likely to help rescue agencies, volunteers and others involved in rescue operations respond to this crisis by identifying flood zones, evacuation routes and weather conditions.

One can click the "Share" button at the top of the crisis map to embed or share by email or social media. Thus, users can also share the map via embed, e-mail or social media through a dedicated Share button.

Along with crisis map Google has created Person Finder, which as of the posting of this article has a little more than 7000 records. The web application allows individuals to post the details of, and search for the status of, family members or friends affected by the disaster. The tool is available in both English and Hindi.

If you're worried about someone in the disaster affected area, then click on “I’m Looking for Someone” and type in their name. If you want to let people know you’re safe, or if you have heard from someone in the disaster affected area, then click on “I have information about someone” and put in their names and details. As the number of names and records increases, the tool will make it easier for those who are safe to pass on their status to people worried about them.

With these maps and person finding tool, Google hope that it can accelerate the efforts of responding agencies and people affected by the disaster. "We continue to work on providing more relevant tools for rescue agencies, volunteers and non profits." said Google on its official India blog.

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