A Philippine charity articulates it had commenced and launched a novel premature warning system for ill-fated areas using Blackberry devices and laptops.
The devices are enthusiastic to a text message system that would instantly alert the population to typhoons, storm surges, tsunamis, landslides and earthquakes, the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) said. The 200,000-dollar scheme was accomplished with the World Bank and one of the country’s leading mobile phone operators, said PBSP, which is financed and support by the countries top chief executives.
The areas covered by the plan are all in Southern Leyte province in the central Visayas region, which placed along a fault line and is as well frequently decrepit by powerful typhoons. "The province was chosen (for the project) being one of the country’s top 10 provinces highly prone to natural disasters like floods, tsunamis, storm surges, landslides, earthquakes, and typhoons," it said in a statement.
In 2006, heavy rain caused a deadly mudslide that obscured the entire village of Guinsaugon in Southern Leyte, killing more 1,000 people in one of the country’s most horrible natural calamity of recent years. The demises were responsible on deficiency of proper earthquakes and weather tools and an alert system that could have instantly led to a mass migration.
The project’s web-based information system facilitate officials from the towns to use BlackBerries and laptops to access and promptly spread alerts or accumulate observation data, before, during and after disasters. The Philippines is regard as among the world’s most susceptible countries to natural disasters. It meets on the Pacific’s earthquake and volcano strap, and is scruffy by an average of 20 typhoons a year.