The Army is using social media applications such as Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp to reach out to the flood-affected people of Jammu and Kashmir. The BSNL is working on a war footing to restore the telecommunications network in the State. The Army headquarters is forwarding all distress messages on its website, Facebook page and Twitter handle to a WhatsApp group that includes senior commanders of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps and the Nagrota-based 16 Corps, along with the units in field areas.
Hundreds have logged on to the social networking sites to share pictures and information of the affected areas, and rescue efforts being undertaken by the Central and State authorities.
The telecom sector in the State suffered a double whammy when flood waters inundated some exchanges. This was followed by a general power failure.
While most of the population in the State remains incommunicado, the Centre is hoping things will improve with the despatch of 15 high-frequency wireless sets that will bolster the communication facilities.