By Myint Win Thein
AS people around the country mobilize to help flood victims, including evacuees in emergency relief camps, it is important that accurate information about the situation in disaster zones is made available.
Information about whether camps are experiencing shortages or surpluses for different categories of emergency relief supplies can help volunteers and donors do their work more effectively.
For example, donors who bring bags of rice to camps where rice is abundant, but where medicines are in short supply, are not helping victims effectively. Their efforts are wasted while those in need of rice elsewhere miss out.
Lists of relief camps experiencing supply shortages or disease outbreaks due to lack of medicines can also help donors and volunteers identify requirements for relief efforts.
The information should be exact and should be updated every hour as the situation on the ground is always changing. It is therefore important for authorities to provide accurate disaster information online to help ensure effective distribution of relief supplies around the entire country.