Google Earth Helps Indian Citizens Trapped by Flood Waters

Surat India in Google EarthThis is an interesting application of Google Earth: In Gujarat last week, some serious flooding left many people stranded. The city of Surat, India was particularly hard hit and the Indian Air Force needed to conduct some air-drops of desperately needed supplies to stranded citizens. Two local men, a Arvind Patel and Pravin Patel, used Google Earth to help suggest critical locations to make the drops greatly improving the relief efforts. The two men also convinced municipal authorities and airport officials to use Google Earth in their aid coordination. Here’s a story from Ahmedabad Newsline.
According to another clipping from an Ahmedabad newspaper:
If [officials] could have struck upon this idea before, it would have helped many more people as carpet air-dropping of aid leads to lots of wastage. Using this tool, it was easy to identify buildings and other landmarks as [the locals] know the city like the back of their hands.
What an amazing application of Google Earth! Thanks to Jonathan who E-mailed me this story which came from

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. This is indeed an excellent example of the usefulness of this application.
    I, for one, would like to congratulate Arvind Patel and Pravin Patel for their quick thinking, that helped to provide assistance to our friends in Surat, India.
    TheLedge, GEC Moderator.

  2. No doubt technology like google earth have change the way we were looking into the maps but with many advantage it have some disadvantages like security.

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