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Microsoft Commits $40 Million to Explore A.I. Applications in Disaster Relief

Nigeria floods death toll hits 199


Heavy seasonal rains have displaced more than 250,000 people [Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters]

Nearly 200 people have died in flooding caused by heavy seasonal rains across 12 states in Nigeria.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Thursday that 199 people were killed after the main Niger and Benue rivers burst their banks.

A national disaster was declared in several central and southern states.

The United Nations last week said there had been more than 3,000 recorded cases of cholera and 97 deaths in the northeastern Nigerian states of Borno and Yobe in the past two weeks alone…


Microsoft Commits $40 Million to Explore A.I. Applications in Disaster Relief

Artificial intelligence has the potential to aid in the process of saving lives in the aftermath of devastating natural disasters, with its ability to crunch numbers and spot patterns.  But unfortunately, the best software out there is rarely tailored to the nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and humanitarian firms that lead relief efforts. According to the Nonprofit Technology Staffing and Investments Report, nearly nine out of every ten non profits describes themselves as either “barely maintaining, or failing to maintain, their technology systems.”…

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