Google to do­nate $1 mn to­wards In­done­sia quake re­lief

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San Francisco: Google will con­trib­ute $1 mil­lion (nearly Rs 7 crore) to­wards re­lief and restora­tion work in In­done­sia which was hit by a 7.5-mag­ni­tude quake and an en­su­ing tsunami that has claimed over 1,200 lives.

“We’re deeply sad­dened about the earth­quake and tsunami in In­done­sia -- @ google­org and Googlers are do­nat­ing $1M to sup­port re­lief ef­forts,” CEO Sun­dar Pichai tweeted late on Mon­day.

The tech gi­ant has also “ac­ti­vated SOS Alerts to pro­vide emer­gency info to those im­pacted,” he added.

Ac­cord­ing to the In­done­sian au­thor­i­ties, the death toll has risen to 1,234 from Fri­day’s quake and tsunami hit in the Su­lawesi is­land. Hun­dreds of peo­ple might still be trapped un­der the rub­ble of build­ings, the In­done­sia’s Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Agency said. Res­cue teams were still not able to reach all the af­fected ar­eas, the BBC re­ported.

An es­ti­mated 2.4 mil­lion peo­ple were af­fected by the dis­as­ter, said the dis­as­ter man­age­ment agency spokesman Su­topo Purwo Nu­groho. He said that 800 were badly in­jured and more than 61,000 peo­ple were dis­placed.

In­done­sia is lo­cated on the so-called Ring of Fire of the Pa­cific, an area of great seis­mic and vol­canic ac­tiv­ity that ex­pe­ri­ences about 7,000, mostly mod­er­ate earth­quakes every year.

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