Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Sahana for Bihar Disaster

You might already be aware of the recent floods in Bihar, and several other parts of India. Many people have various interpretations about the situation, but all reveal that quite a large number of people are displaced, and are in danger, and that by now several have even paid with their lives. Disaster Relief systems play a key role in incidents as such, and applications developed in the DR domain play a vital role.

Sahana, is a free and open source Disaster Management system which is a web based tool for collaborating and coordinating the management of disaster relief. Sahana, has made a lot of ground in Disaster Management applications, including installations to manage,
  1. Tsunami Disaster in Sri Lanka (2004)
  2. Earthquake in Pakistan (2005)
  3. Mudslide disaster in Philippines (2006)
  4. And, many other recent disasters in eastern Asia
Sahana, has put a step forward in a deployment in India as well, in address to the recent disaster situation in Bihar. A short but informative writeup is found in here. Sahana designed to work in a multilingual environment still lacks some crucial feature of not having a large scale language database. The present stance the team is facing is the need to translate most content in to the native Hindi language spoken in affected parts of India. If you are fluent in both English and Hindi, you have a great chance in taking part in a very worthy cause.

Sahana, one of Sri Lanka's greatest achievements in Open Source remains one of the most worthy causes designed to serve man kind. Your help and contribution is greatly appreciated.


Anonymous said...

sahana ... not even close to having being used for bihar? are you guys spreading false claims?

tell me where has this been deployed for bihar floods?

Senaka said...


There was a concern regarding the Bihar deployment, early this month when I blogged this. However, I'm not quite certain whether the Team actually made it.

You can find more information at [1], [2].

[1] http://groups.google.com/group/sahana-bihar
[2] http://www.ajuonline.net/blog2/technology/featured-open-source-apps/2008/09/02/sahanas-response-to-bihar-floods/

Best Regards,

Senaka said...

Hi again,

More info is available @ here, [1] as well.

[1] http://tinyurl.com/5ge8ns