Fall 2017 Disaster Response

Earthquakes, Floods, Hurricanes and Volcanoes

The past several months we have seen disasters and destruction on an unprecedented scale, and the HOT Community has activated to respond. Details on the projects, and how you can get involved are below. This is a critical time in the lives of millions of people worldwide, and we thank the mappers volunteering to support them.

Hurricane Irma and Maria

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Hurricanes Irma and Maria have battered the Caribbean islands, causing extreme destruction. Hurricane Maria has caused widespread damage. According to assessments by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), between 80-90 per cent of buildings have been damaged or destroyed. All of the country’s crops have been devastated, and 75 per cent of the island’s trees have been damaged or ripped out of the ground. Since September 20, the entire of Puerto Rico (3.5 million people) lost power, and there is significant damage and loss of communications in Dominica. We have undertaken mapping in many locations, with Puerto Rico and Dominica currently a high focus.

Progress so far

So far, 5,300+ mappers have added over 1.4 million buildings to the map in support of relief efforts led by organisations including International Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation and societies, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Digital Humanitarian Network and MapAction.

Get involved

Mexico Earthquakes

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The strongest earthquake for a century struck Mexico the morning of 8th September. At least 58 people have died, 5,000 homes completely destroyed, and many more damaged and vulnerable. Reports from the affected cities say residents spent the morning using basic tools and their bare hands to dig through the wreckage of collapsed buildings and pull the injured, and the dead, from the rubble. Another earthquake struck on 19th September. This one closer to Mexico City and other densely populated areas, hundreds of deaths have been reported in the first day and the estimated humanitarian and economic impact is significant.

Progress so far

Just a few hours after these disasters struck, local leaders from OSM Mexico began support for the map response. In coordination with local teams, we are mapping the affected areas, taking their guidance on priority. To date, over 1500 mappers have digitized 300,000+ buildings and 24,000+ kilometers of road network in Mexico. All data will be provided to the Mexico National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) and data.mx. Many thanks to Céline Jacquin, Edgar Lemus, and Miriam Gonzalez for their leadership in this activation.

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South Asia floods

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South Asia has been affected by extreme floods, with over 40 million people affected across Bangladesh, India, and Nepal. Many of these places have remained submerged under water since the floods began in mid-August. HOT has activated to support efforts in Bangladesh and Nepal, OSM-Bangladesh are helping direct the mapping where 100,000 homes have been destroyed and risk of fatal diseases like cholera are very high. American Red Cross, HOT’s partners through Missing Maps, have deployed to the area to support the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society updating and using maps in response efforts. HOT partner organization, Kathmandu Living Labs (KLL), who were instrumental in facilitating the exchange of information between the crowd and response organizations during the 2015 Gorkha earthquake; is coordinating the mapping efforts in Nepal.

Progress so far

Over 800 mappers have added 18,000+ buildings and 48,000+ km of road to the map, but much more is needed.

Get involved

Western Pacific Volcanoes

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Mount Agung on the Island of Bali, Indonesia has been showing signs of activity. 60,000+ people live in the exclusion zone and more than 130,000 people in the entire area around the volcano have either fled or are prepared to leave at a moments notice.  HOT Indonesia has begun an effort to map the area around Mount Agung in case the mountain decides to erupt. Not far away in the island nation of Vanuatu several volcanoes there have residents on edge.  HOT community members mapped Vanuatu during Cyclone Pam in 2015 so the basemap is ready, but so are we if the situation changes.

Progress so far

So far 80 mappers have mapped 128,000+ buildings around Mount Agung in preparation.

Get involved

  • Mount Agung mapping projects can be found at http://tasks.openstreetmap.id/

  • Stay tuned to HOT and HOT Indonesia social media for breaking news on any volcanic activity.

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 We cannot thank HOT Community enough for their contributions, and for anyone affected by these disasters, we’re wishing the best possible outcome for you and your families.

Project type:
Disaster mapping
Coordination:

Blake Girardot

Mhairi O'Hara

Nate Smith

Russell Deffner

 

Duration:
Sep, 7 2017 to Nov, 10 2017