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Facebook helping Da Nang tackle natural disasters

Released at: 14:01, 01/08/2019

Facebook helping Da Nang tackle natural disasters

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Da Nang the first city in Vietnam to work with Facebook in natural disaster response.

by Le Diem

Facebook and the Da Nang Department of Information and Communications have launched a partnership program on disaster response and digital capacity building; the first such arrangement between Facebook and a locality in Vietnam.

Local government employees will be trained to use Facebook to gather information and work as a fast and effective communications channel among themselves as well as with the public.

Facebook also introduced a data for community program that features a population density map and a disaster map for Vietnam. With high resolution images on specific areas, these maps provide updated information on residents’ electricity accessibility, evacuation status, and demand for necessities and services, among other matters, during disasters. It will also help humanitarian organizations coordinate their work on evacuation or rescue missions.

Ms. Nguyen Anh Nguyet, Director for Public Policy at Facebook Vietnam, said the cooperation between Facebook and Da Nang aims to consolidate commitments to accelerate positive social impacts in Vietnam through advanced technology, helping the country achieve its goal of becoming a digital country.

Vietnam has already joined hands with Facebook to launch training courses for nearly 400 staff on using the Facebook to cope with natural disasters, according to the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority (VDMA). VDMA’s Facebook page also provides useful information and has attracted 15,000 followers and rising.

The program could also help the needy during a crisis, in the context that Da Nang, with its location in central Vietnam, is often hit by storms and floods. It is also expected to help improve the skills of public servants and the public in Da Nang to meet its target of becoming a smart city. For ten consecutive years, the city has held the lead in the Vietnam Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Index, which ranks readiness for information and communications technology development and application, according to the city’s Department of Information and Communication.

The city now has 847 online public services, accounting for 65 per cent of all administrative procedures and is launching a smart city master plan to synchronously connect with domestic and regional smart city networks.

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