How Twitter Users Are Lending A Helping Hand To Victims Of The #KashmirFloods

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The devastating floods in Jammu and Kashmir have reportedly claimed 175 lives and left thousands stranded.

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In the worst flooding to hit the Indian region in decades, the death toll in Jammu and Kashmir has reportedly risen to 175 people. Hospitals, army bases, and several homes are submerged in flooding that is, in some places, up to 3 stories high.

As thousands of families still remain stranded and awaiting any help they can receive, Twitter users in India have been tweeting relief information under the hashtags #KashmirFloods and #JKFloodRelief.

Twitter spokesperson Dickson Seow told BuzzFeed in a phone-call that Twitter India has been contacted by some disaster relief organisations and is working to help them use the platform as effectively as possible. "It's not just about finding people, but it's about getting medicines, blankets, and other supplies out to people – a lot of roads are closed, so Twitter is functioning as an organizational tool," he said. "We've seen similar efforts in Japan, the Philippines, and other areas that have required disaster relief."

#KashmirFloods has been trending across India for the last two days, as people around the nation are sharing information, helpline numbers, and relief locations, as well as inquiring about ways in which they can help those affected in the region.

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09/08/2014, 11:22

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09/08/2014, 10:46