Friday, January 15, 2010

Google donates million dollars to Haiti relief efforts

Updated on : Friday, January 15, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO: Google said Thursday it is donating one million dollars and Internet resources to relief organizations on the ground in earthquake-shattered Haiti.

The Internet giant said the money is intended to help with rescues as well as food, water, shelter, and medical support for victims of a deadly 7.0 magnitude temblor that devastated the poor Caribbean nation on Tuesday.

Google also created a Web page devoted to linking people with charitable groups including Direct Relief, Yele Haiti, the Red Cross, and Doctors Without Borders.

Google is also making online mapping and satellite imagery tools available to relief workers so they can better evaluate damage and coordinate responses.

"We've also reached out to the YouTube community for help," Jacquelline Fuller and Prem Ramaswami of the Google Crisis Response Team said in a blog post.

Oxfam and Red Cross videos are spotlighted on the YouTube home page along with links for donating to Haiti relief efforts.

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