Peoples are frenetically looking for their relatives and now after 7 days with each passing hour and deteriorating weather, the possibilities of finding more live peoples stranded and safe in Uttarakhand Tsunami is going down. State government is yet to update anything regarding such information on their websites till now.
Everyone wishes that the scale and intensity of relief operation which we could see only on Saturday onwards could have been started at least 3-4 days back with the same intensity and urgency. That could have saved many more lives.
News channels are also busy just doing rhetorical coverage and system bashing and gobbling Helicopter space for the TRP news. Why not they work to go live with the photos and full details (I could see only ZEE news doing a bit of this) of those affected rather than repeating the same videos and trailer again and again. They can be of great help if they coordinate with the various control rooms at different locations and then let the people come on live coverage exclusively for the identification and tracking.
There is urgent need for a centralized data system for the lost and dead ones and the saved ones to minimize the chaotic situation. In midst of this Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has started its own service.
If someone know to you is trapped somewhere in the Uttarakhand then you can use the service started by BSNL to track the locations of the mobile number of your relative or acquaintances. At least that can give the last location of the mobile number and perhaps the person you are looking for.
Service/Helpline number of BSNL to track the mobile number (for the customers of Uttarakhand) – 1503
For the customers of other services (Airtel, Idea Vodafone, Uninor, Reliance etc) and from other states- 09412024365
How the BSNL Helpline will work or how to use it?
You will have to tell the BSNl or MTNL number by calling on these numbers and then the last location of the concerned number will be sent to you via SMS within one hour (as quoted from newspaper)
Time of the service: 8 am to 10 pm
Hope others may also start this kind of service. And we will update any related information here.
Other service you can use to find someone in danger or lost in the Uttarakhand disaster
The government is also said to be updating lost and found information on this site.