21 Mar '11, 7am

A Philippine charity launched a novel early warning system for disaster-prone areas using Blackberry devices & laptops.

A Philippine charity launched a novel early warning system for disaster-prone areas using Blackberry devices & laptops.

A Philippine charity had launched a novel early warning system for disaster-prone areas using Blackberry devices and laptops. -- PHOTO: REUTERS MANILA - A PHILIPPINE charity said Monday it had launched a novel early warning system for disaster-prone areas using Blackberry devices and laptops. The devices are hooked to a text message system that would immediately alert the communities to typhoons, storm surges, tsunamis, landslides and earthquakes, the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) said. The US$200,000 (S$253,809) project was carried out with the World Bank and one of the country's leading mobile phone operators, said PBSP, which is funded by the country's top chief executives. The areas covered by the project are all in Southern Leyte province in the central Visayas region, which lies along a fault line and is also often battered by powerful typhoons. 'The...

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