[HOT] Sri Lanka Floods Activation: Sitrep Day 1

Danishka Navin danishka at gmail.com
Fri May 20 17:08:19 UTC 2016

Hi Robert,

Thanks for the update.
I would like to host an virtual event.
I would like to thanks all the contributors those who put their valuable
time and energy.

Best Regards,

On Fri, May 20, 2016 at 12:33 AM, Robert Banick <rbanick at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> ~24 hours ago HOT activated in support of the Disaster Management Centre
> of Sri Lanka. We were requested to generate building information for the
> Kelani River Basin so household level damages could be accurately assessed.
> The area of interest provided was huge so we broke it into three tasks. In
> the past 24 hours we've completed *50% of one task*. This is actually a
> major accomplishment, as this task focuses on the Colombo urban area and
> includes many dense, difficult to map areas.
> In addition to our "normal" amazing contributors from all over the world
> we had an exceptional response from South Asian OSM communities today. OSM
> Bangladesh, OSM Nepal and OSM India all organized and contributed to
> mapping the flood affected area in a really touching show of solidarity.
> Mapbox India also dedicated staff to digitizing and identifying the most
> useful imagery for the affected area. Thanks everyone!
> As night falls in Asia and the day drags on in the West we look forward to
> mapathons from SardiniaOpenData in Italy, Milehigh Maptime! / OSM-Colorado
> in Denver, USA and elsewhere focused on tasks 1913 and 1914* (soon to be
> published)*. If you're interested in organizing another mapathon in
> support of Sri Lanka please speak to Mikel Maron (mikel.maron at hotosm.org)
> and he can help you get set you up!
> Our contact at the Disater Management Centre went on relief work today and
> reported to us that many houses were inundated up to the 2nd floor. All
> single story houses nearby the Kelani were completely inundated. This is a
> major urban area and that means a lot of people are homeless, wet and
> scared. Meanwhile inland, huge landslides are burying homes and people.
> It’s a national scale disaster and we’re focused on one of the biggest,
> most affected areas.
> Keep on mapping everyone. Our work goes directly into the hands of the
> disaster managers who need it most at this moment.
> - Robert
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Danishka Navin
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