Kenya launches mobile application to promote disaster management

A resident uses a Nokia Oyj mobile phone on Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Nairobi, Kenya. In the six years since Kenya’s M-Pesa brought banking-by-phone to Africa, the service has gone from being a novelty to a bona fide payment network. Photographer: Trevor Snapp / Bloomberg / Getty Images

Kenya on Tuesday launched a mobile application designed to promote disaster management in the country, a government official said.

Evangeline Njoka, CEO of Kenya’s National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, said the AI ​​disaster risk reduction mobile chatbot application will enable real-time reporting of disasters so first responders can save lives.

“Climate change is likely to increase the frequency of disasters and this requires real-time action and intervention through the use of appropriate tools and technology to reduce human suffering,” Njoka said in a statement.

She noted that the adoption of new technologies like artificial intelligence to solve emerging problems and tragedies comes at the right time and is now widespread.

Njoka added that due to climate change, Kenya is increasingly threatened by events such as landslides, thunderstorms, floods and droughts.

She called on organizations involved in disaster risk management to use the AI ​​chatbot mobile application to revolutionize disaster relief in the country.

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