Rescuing Kerala with Python

How a website brought together tech volunteers and helped saved lives.
Biswas Babu

Biswas Babu

In the month of August 2018, Kerala, the southernmost state of India, received 250% of normal rainfall, resulting in all of its 44 dams to be opened.

Biswas started a website (, written in Django. The main purpose of the site was effective collaboration and communication between authorities, volunteers and public. The site was open source from Day 0. About 1500 developers and volunteers onboard our slack group in a couple of days. Within a week, the community united to forge a critical piece of software that saved thousands of lives.
The site initiated as a portal for refugees to request essential resources like food and water and for volunteers to see their needs, all sorted by geographical location. Additionally, we provided direct information for the government and became the official website later on.

The story is about the community and technical aspects of, how people from different backgrounds came together to build a critical piece of software that saved many lives.
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