Unprecedented relationships on the ground and spanning the globe, along with rapid advances in collaborative tools, are fundamentally changing how data and analysis are created and shared for humanitarian response. It’s all made possible by OpenStreetMap.
Just last week, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) activated and brought the total count of mapped buildings in the severely flooded areas of Sri Lanka to more than 87,000 buildings.
The Sri Lankan Government Disaster Management Centre requested a count of buildings in the impacted zone to guide the scale and location of their response efforts. This request in itself is extraordinary, considering all the other important work of the DMC amidst a major crisis; this is the result of several years cooperation with the World Bank GFDRR and HOT.
I’m again proud that the GFDRR team and the HOT community came forward to help us. We worked together to be prepared over the last three years and now we get real outputs.
-Srimal Samansiri, Sri Lanka DMC
Mapbox, among many others, is proud to help in coordination and technical support in the response, and in the preparation. Just a few weeks ago, in calmer and seemingly long ago times, we were integrating UAV imagery collected by DMC in Sri Lanka. And we’ve been sharing guidance to the development of OSM Analytics, used to count 87,000 buildings in the flooding zone.
Relationships and great tools, all together, result in extremely fast coordination, mapping, and insights.