Rebuilding Nepal with Social Media

MEDIA ESSENCE

After the earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, killing over 8,000 people and leaving more than 250,000 homeless, social media sputtered with safety reports and helps. Groups of Nepalis, foreign aid workers and academics were moved with this disaster and organise an internet movement.

Facebook for example activated a Safety Check feature which gives safety status updates. Twitter made their movement as well with #NepalEarthquake. Few days later Facebook and Twitter exploded with messages. Requests for help started to appear as a never ending process. Social Media Feeds were and still are active with stories of help.

Here some briefs: “300 people are stranded on the hill opposite last resort,”…. “4000 people in Kavre need tents and blankets,”…”Trapped people badly need food and tents in Sitapaila,”… “Muchchok, Gorkha is devastated, all homes collapsed.”

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