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Database of missing persons

Even after a lapse of more than a month, people are still desperately searching for their kith and kin. To help such people, the Bihar Govt has started preparing the database of missing persons. Arun Kumar reports.

india Updated: Sep 26, 2008 12:00 IST
Arun Kumar

The floods in Bihar not only swept away many, but also separated many families. Even after a lapse of more than a month, people are still desperately searching for their kith and kin. To help such people, the Bihar government has started preparing the database of missing persons.

The responsibility of preparing the database has been entrusted on the Bihar Rural Liverlihood Project (BRLP), which is working in collaboration with Hyderabad-based software company, Safal Solutions Private Limited. Earlier, the government had started the work with IT giant IMB.

"The IBM software was made on the basis of disaster in Sri Lanka. We held discussions with the IBM people, but it required inputs like Driving Licence No, Passport No etc. which the people of Saharsa, Supaul, Madhepura, Araria and Purnea would not have," said BRLP project director Arvind Choudhary.

The software of Safal was, however, found more suited. "We are working with different organizations in the five districts to collect data on missing people. The International Red Cross Society is working with us in tracking the missing people," said Choudhary, adding the software had been suitable modified in accordance with the needs of Bihar.

Additional Commissioner, Disaster Management Department, Amrit Pratyay said once the data would be compiled, the process of tracking the families in the five districts would start. "We will dispatch the details to all the five districts and the district magistrates would monitor the work," he added.