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Website flood.pk launched to help flood and relief teams.

A nonprofit civil society organization, The Enlight Lab, has launched a website flood.pk, for the latest flood-related data across Pakistan.

Peshawar: The website aims to provide real-time crowdsourced data on relief camps, flooded areas, relief needed, list volunteers & fundraisers, rivers flow, and other flood-related data to help flood affectees, relief teams, and the government.

The first-of-its-kind website has a dashboard and tables of all flood-related latest data displayed on one platform, which is accessible to all internet users and connects people with the government and other organizations who are actively taking part in the management of flood relief activities. The data is being verified by code for Pakistan.

Talking to the media,  One of the founders of the website, Shafeeq Gigyani, said that the purpose of this website is to provide and store information about the flood.

“We are experiencing such situations after every five years, but unfortunately, we are not learning from the past. Through this portal, we are also recording lessons learned. This data would be used in upcoming relief campaigns and in the future to avoid and for the  preparedness for such disasters.”

The website also has brief sheets of fundraisers & volunteers who are providing relief to the flood affectees. And the updated river flow data dataset was provided by the Performance Management & Reforms Unit.

Software Engineer Waleed Afridi said, “It is an innovative solution using technology to gather and showcase the data to address challenging situation caused by floods faced during this havoc.”

“In such crises, everyone should utilize their skills for social good, and we believe that technology can play a vital role in solving complex issues.”

Furthermore, the same crowdsourcing techniques are used in Kenya, Chile, Russia, and the US for solving disasters and mass mobilization, due to which a significant loss has been avoided. The team has requested that all relief and affected people can take benefit from the platform.