The Community Help tool on Facebook is an evolution of the social network’s Safety Check feature which allowed users to mark themselves as safe following a crisis event. The Community Help tool lets them connect with others in such events, share updates, find and give help. Facebook has announced that it’s adding this useful tool to Facebook Lite, the lightweight version of its app that’s aimed at emerging markets.

Facebook Lite will expand the tool’s reach to users in more than 100 countries across the globe. The app is particularly used by people who are in areas with low connectivity or limited access. The app is way lighter than Facebook proper and also requires less data. It’s optimized to run on low-end devices.

“By making Community Help available on Facebook Lite, even more people can get the help they need in times of crisis,” said Facebook Crisis Response Product Manager Jeong-Suh Choi in a statement.

Community Help will thus provide users in more than 100 countries with essential information after a crisis event. They will get to know where to find shelter, food, and transportations after a disaster. “Our priority is to build tools that provide people with ways to get the help they need to recover and rebuild after a crisis,” Choi added.

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