2014 Southeast Europe floods

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View of the Sava and Danube confluence in Belgrade, 17th May

The 2014 Southeast Europe floods is was a flood event back in May 2014, affecting a large area of Southeastern and Central Europe, particularly Bosnia Herzegovina and Serbia where rainfall was been the heaviest on record. The deathtoll reached double digits, with tens of thousands of people forced from their homes. Landslides were a hazard, and also landmines left over from past wars, which were disturbed by the floodwaters.

Read more general news on wikipedia:2014 Southeast Europe floods

Map of flooded zones, May 20 2014 (Red NASA Lance Modis / Light red European Commission Copernicus)

Photos of damaged areas


Information about this Humanitarian Mapping Project

HOT Updates

History of this intervention

Reactivity of the OSM Community

  • May 17 Hrvoje Bogner and Pierre Béland are starting a Humanitarian mapping project and prepare task manager jobs for the response.
  • May 21 At the request of UNOCHA HOT and the DHNetwork are officially activating to respond to this humanitarian crisis.


Coordination

Hrvoje Bogner and Pierre Béland are coordinators of this Humanitarian activation. Send emails to hot@openstreetmap.org to reach HOT.


Maps

OpenStreetMap offers free open licensed map data in the region, which anyone is welcome to use. Those coordinating flood response can use our maps to great effect.

Daily extracts can be downloaded

From http://data.osm-hr.org/floods/

  • Navigation Offline Data for Android smartphones : Experimental hourly updated Philippines map for OsmAnd : Soon.


MapAction are sending people to Belgrade. Maybe they will use OpenStreetMap data.

Online Ushahidi Maps to report events related to the floodings and landslides


Improving the Map


The various OSM developers communicate over internet through various communication channels. In 2013 they implemented the new Humanitarian Map Style, a map more adapted to humanitarian actions. This map, hosted by OpenStreetMap-fr, is integrated in various online map tools

The Tasking Manager and the JOSM editor are essential parts of this Activation. As new priorities are identified, new jobs are added to the Tasking Manager. It has allowed HOT to coordinate efforts of mappers around the world. LearnOSM.org offers learning material for beginners and more advanced mappers.

Some crisis response mapping may be appropriate to make quick improvements to the map in key areas.

Caution: There is an active mapping local community in these countries. We should take care to avoid damaging/swamping the valuable locally gathered data. General issues related to this are discussed on armchair mapping. Additionally for flood mapping, many tempting data items are in fact very temporary. Temporary data is not appropriate for putting into OpenStreetMap directly. It may be that in many areas there is very little potential for crisis mapping response to improve the OpenStreetMap data (As was the case with UK Floods 2014 for example). However...

The User:hbogner and others in the local community are suggesting some areas for remote mapping work:

Task manager jobs

We using the Task Manager to coordinate the mapping contributions from the remote mappers around the world

  Job No.      Location What to map Imagery
Priority Tasks
Job 546 Sava River and his tributaries, Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia

area based on ReliefWeb Map, May 23 2014

Roads, Railways, Waterways and landuse areas Bing + Mapbox
Archived Tasks
Job 527 Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia detailed buildings, roads and waterways Bing + Mapbox + USDMA
Job 528 Šabac, Serbia detailed buildings, roads and waterways Bing + Mapbox + USDMA
Job 529 Obrenovac, Serbia detailed buildings, roads and waterways Bing + Mapbox + USDMA
Job 530 Krupanj, Serbia : all roads are flooded and cut off detailed buildings, roads and waterways Bing + Mapbox + USDMA
Job 531 Obrenovac extra, Serbia detailed buildings, roads and waterways Bing + Mapbox + USDMA
Job 532 Ćuprija-Paraćin, Serbia detailed buildings, roads and waterways Bing + Mapbox + USDMA
Job 533 Veliko Selo, Serbia detailed buildings, roads, railways and waterways Bing + Mapbox + USDMA
Job 535 Place names for localities in the flooded zone (29.600km2)
Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Serbia
RESERVED FOR PEOPLE THAT KNOW LOCAL LANGUAGES OF THE BALKANS
Add place names if not already in the OSM database Bing + Mapbox + USDMA
Job 542 Drina Valley, Bosnia
JOB COMPLETED
Roads, Railways, Waterways and landuse areas Bing
Job 545 Grocka, Serbia
JOB COMPLETED
Roads, Railways, Waterways and landuse areas Bing
Job 534 Base Map to cover all the flooded zone (29.600km2)
Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Serbia
Roads, Railways, Waterways and landuse areas Bing + Mapbox


Some discussion on the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team mailing list

Hack ideas

See these recent ideas UK Floods 2014#Hack ideas which were put together for the #floodhack event in the UK. There's lots of ways to improve tools in and around OpenStreetMap, but these are particularly in relation to flood response mapping.