[talk-ph] need help on mapping for ondoy/Kestana flood victims in Metro Manila

Eugene Alvin Villar seav80 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 30 06:25:57 BST 2009


More information:

Typhoon Ketsana[1] brought massive flooding to the Philippines. In just 12
hours, rainfall to Metropolitan Manila has brought more water than the
monthly September average and has broken a 1967 rainfall record. There has
been already around 240 people who are confirmed dead.

Aside from Maning, another OpenStreetMapper, Ed Garcia[2], was also
affected. His house is in Marikina, one of the cities most affected, and it
has been submerged in water and mud. He and his family were able to evacuate
to a neighbor who has a two-story house.

Aside from the mapping aspect, if you would personally like to help
directly, the Philippine National Red Cross will accept donations via
PayPal. Their PayPal address is give at redcross.org.ph

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoon_Ketsana_%282009%29
[2] http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/ed_waypointsdotph


On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 11:44 AM, maning sambale <emmanuel.sambale at gmail.com
> wrote:

> Hi,
> In case people in the international community didn't know, the
> Philippines (capital and surrounding provinces) were badly hit by
> tropical cylcone ondoy/kestana the past week [1].
> My family was affected as well, but we are OK now.
> Current efforts are now towards search, rescue and relief.  As a
> mapping community I feel we need to do something and contribute.  We
> need to document whatever information we can compile so that
> volunteers, relief workers, and government agencies can respond to the
> needs.
> The recovery efforts may take a few more weeks and we need to sustain
> activities to restore vital public utilities to affected areas.  Some
> members of the OSM-PH has started creating webmap based on OSM to
> document what is currently happening on the ground [2].
> I appeal to the whole OSM community to help us in this project.  What
> we currently need are:
> 1. A temporary server space we can use.
> 2. Create mashups on related information about the disaster (osm data
> for Metro Manila and adjacent provinces is good enough as a map
> background), news feeds, location of evacuation sites, missing persons
> list.
> 3. An interface in which users can report what is happening on the
> ground, (I'm thinking of an openstreetbug interface)
>  i.e. This street in unpassable due to floods. This street needs
> water.  This street has no electricity.  Too much garbage on this
> street please collect now.
>  This way communities can report problems and hopefully close "bugs".
> I lack the technical skills to do this but I am willing to coordinate
> efforts in some areas and collect field data around my mapping area.
> Please help us do this project.  The hope is the information we gather
> and synthesize would be helpful.
> We do not need anything sophisticated at the moment we just need
> something running ASAP.
> Thanks in advance.
> [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoon_Ketsana_%282009%29
> [2] http://www.umapper.com/maps/view/id/42152
> --
> cheers,
> maning
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