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Disaster Response: Cyclone Idai

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Cyclone Idai caused widespread damage across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. HOT and partners have been busy creating a basemap critical for first responders and aid organizations providing relief efforts in the region.

Almost a month after the Cyclone Idai disaster, humanitarian agencies on the ground are still using information from HOT to provide life-saving aid to people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Over five million people across the three countries are affected by the deadly Cyclone that landed in mid-March, in what has been termed as one of the worst natural disasters to ever hit the Southern Hemisphere. Contaminated water supply systems and stagnant water following the cyclone, later caused a devastating Cholera outbreak.

How has HOT helped? Following requests from the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and Médecins Sans Frontiéres (MSF), HOT activated to assist humanitarian agencies with their response to the impact caused by the cyclone. We mobilized over 5,723 mappers from across...

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Maps in action: How maps help the aid response for Cyclone Idai

How do humanitarians use the data and maps provided by HOT and OpenStreetMap? Lauren Bateman, Remote Coordinator for Information Management Team for Cyclone Idai Response, American Red Cross, talks about how the IFRC used the maps on the ground during Cyclone Idai.

Alex Glynn — 29 April, 2019

Cyclone Idai: how can you help by mapping?

Volunteers, we need your help! Over the past few weeks, Cyclone Idai has caused widespread destruction across Mozambique and Zimbabwe, destroying homes and infrastructure. The situation on the ground is constantly changing and the humanitarian teams responding need up-to-date information at their fingertips. We need your help to update maps of the areas affected by the Cyclone. This is a critical time in the lives of millions of people and you can help humanitarian responders provide lifesaving aid.

Rebecca Firth — 1 April, 2019