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Power of Twitter tapped to organize rescue victims of Philippine floods


Torrential monsoon rains have submerged much of the Philippine capital of Manila, killing more than 50 people in recent weeks. Flash floods, deadly landslides and neck-deep water have forced hundreds of thousands to leave their homes and more rain is expected.

PAGASA 6:30pm advisory: RED warning for Metro Manila. Heavy-torrential rains in next 3 hrs.

— ABS-CBN News Channel (@ANCALERTS) August 7, 2012

Apocalyptic view of Manila awhile ago! THIS IS SCARY. #PrayForThePhilippines #TrustGodhttp://t.co/Q7WBrTTD

— Isaac (@icesackk) August 7, 2012

As the flood waters continue to rise, residents are harnessing the power of Twitter to bring order to the chaos caused by the floods. Citizens launched the hashtags #ReliefPH and #RescuePH to disseminate information, organize relief efforts and identify people in need of rescue.

Suggestion: start a #rescuePH hashtag for people that need emergency assistance?

— sarah meier (@sarah_meier) August 7, 2012

Let's start separating tweets on relief aid operations, calls for volunteers, appeals for support using hashtag #ReliefPH

— Tonyo Cruz (@tonyocruz) August 7, 2012

Two important hash tags to take note of: #rescuePH #reliefPH Please make sure to use the correct one and RT! pic.twitter.com/1nyyINzr

— Preview Magazine (@previewmag) August 7, 2012

#PHAlerts is the official government hashtag.

Government information during natural disasters http://t.co/IproTDmg #PHalerts

— Official Gazette PH (@govph) August 7, 2012

Urgent calls for help are coming in:

Please help my cousin who's in Talayan. She's pregnant. 1st floor of their completely inundated. 18 Caraballo St. #RescuePH @mmda

— Barnaby Lo (@barnabychuck) August 7, 2012

Flood in the UST Hospital is now on the 2nd floor. No food for the patients & staff. Pls. help! #rescuePH @rescuePH @MMDA

— Marcelo Santos III (@akoposimarcelo) August 7, 2012


HELP!!! Our driver is stuck in the roof w/ his family & a new born baby. 09228551535 (40 E. Abellio St., Brgy IVC, Marikina City) #RescuePH

— RaissaLaurelSubijano (@raissalaurel) August 7, 2012


— ron. (@isntitalronic) August 7, 2012

# 17 Milflores St. Twinville Subd. Concepcion 1 Marikina City. 2 elderly, 8 kids sa attic. #rescuePH please @chairmangordon @News5AKSYON

— Jose Carlo S. Lausin (@carlolausin) August 7, 2012

Pls help a famly of 7 n sick mother in roof top, water is also roof deep #111 arasity ave malabon @ABSCBNNews @TV5manila @gmanews #rescuePH

— Cherry Ann Landrito (@cheaine28) August 7, 2012

Residents are using a crowd-sourced Google document to track emergencies.

Checking community managed #rescuePH Twitter hash tag and Google Doc. Please refer to both to report, track, … http://t.co/bXYmA31R

— sarah meier (@sarah_meier) August 7, 2012

And Twitter has become indispensable for spreading the word about donation drives, volunteer opportunities and other relief operations.

For #ReliefPH drives, share info here http://t.co/IxZaMVkQ. It will be collated in this spreadsheet http://t.co/dgXthpl2

— Candice Lopez Quimpo (@candicequimpo) August 7, 2012

#ReliefPH All Ayala Malls now accepting donations for flood victims. Just go to concierge booths in Ayala Malls /via @candicequimpo

— Tonyo Cruz (@tonyocruz) August 7, 2012


Volunteers welcome to join cops & soldiers packing relief goods at DSWD center in Pasay. #reliefPH #PrayforthePhilippines

— Blessy (@BJInTheMirror) August 7, 2012


— Joseph Mark Rizon™ (@ayhemjade) August 7, 2012

OPERATION WALANG IWANAN: We will accept donations tomorrow as early as 6 am at DAR-HRD center located in QC! Contact 0906 419 20 16!

— Gawad Kalinga (@GawadKalingaHQ) August 7, 2012

@MichaelBearden Pls let everyone know that they can help out by donating to the Philippine Red Cross http://t.co/lWOJud6u #reliefPH TY!

— Blessy (@BJInTheMirror) August 7, 2012

Just got word. Ateneo open to anyone and everyone in need of shelter around the area. #rescuePH #reliefPH

— Gabbie Tatad (@gabbietatad) August 7, 2012

If you know people who needs to be rescued: PLEASE CONTACT COAST GUARD 0917-PCGDOTC (0917-7243682) #rescuePH via @ptvph @DivinemLee

— Jen Aquino (@theJenAquino) August 7, 2012

More images of the dire situation in the Manila region:



Pics of streets in Manila. Yeah its THAT bad 🙁 pray. #manila #typhoon #flood #pray #manila #philippines http://t.co/3dajO1EQ

— Patricia Cravalho (@PCravalho) August 7, 2012

Metro Manila submerged in flood. #prayforthephilippines #love #flood #hope #inatamoment #instamood #instadai http://t.co/YeI79hGN

— Jed Severino-Estrada (@jedseverino) August 7, 2012

Metro Manila submerged in flood. #prayforthephilippines #flood #instamood #instamoment #bestoftheday #photoo http://t.co/nQjO2jOO

— Jed Severino-Estrada (@jedseverino) August 7, 2012

Baha na. #flood #rain #staana #manila http://t.co/NIapn3ac

— Katre Samsin (@kat3samsin) August 7, 2012

Pray for the Philippines.


Dear God, please guide us Filipinos while we face this kind of weather. Many of our citizens are in need. Thank you #PrayForThePhilippines

— VMiguel Gonzales (@VMiguelG) August 7, 2012

So nice to see how brave we Filipinos are. We still managed to smile despite of the calamity. #PrayForThePhilippines

— (@SOLIDKATHNIELS) August 7, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/08/07/power-of-twitter-tapped-to-organize-relief-and-rescue-for-victims-of-philippine-floods/

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