Google's balloon-powered internet is helping Peru during extreme floods
During natural disasters, the ability to communicate with loved ones and get basic information is vital. But communication infrastructure is often one of the first things to be knocked out by high winds, massive rain, and flooding — especially in remote and rural regions.
Massive jellyfish-like balloons traveling at the edge of space, however, are making that problem a thing of the past.
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Over the past two months, Peruvians affected by extreme rain and severe flooding since January have had basic internet access, thanks to Project Loon, an initiative from Google’s parent