2019 Cyclone Kenneth

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General Information

Cyclone Kenneth is a tropical cyclone that passed through the Comores April 24, 2019 and made landfall in northern Mozambique April 25, 2019. Kenneth was the most intense tropical cyclone to ever make landfall on Mozambique in the recorded history of the country. Prior to Kenneth's landfall, local authorities evacuated over 30,000 people in the path of the storm in northern Mozambique. On the island of Comoros, Kenneth's winds and rains caused at least 3 deaths, while three people were killed in Mozambique. Both the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) requested to improve the basemap in affected areas of Mozambique and the Comores.

Map showing the Humanitarian Map Style

For Aid Organizations

About OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap offers an online map (and spatial database) which is updated by the minute. Various tools and services allow data extracts for GIS specialists, Routable Garmin GPS data, Smartphone GPS navigation, and other device-compatible downloads. With an internet connection, regular syncing is possible with open access to the community contributed data as it comes in, with OpenStreetMap's bulk data downloads ideal for use offline. In addition, maps can also be printed to paper.

Browse the Cyclone Kenneth Activation Area to get a feel for the data that is currently available. Different map styles including an Humanitarian style can be selected on the right side, and some data may not render (appear) on the map, but could be exported from the underlying database (See export section below).

Paper Maps

Poster size Maps and normal sized paper atlases of custom areas can be printed

  • See OSM_on_Paper for an overview and list of platforms and services for printing maps.
  • We suggest FieldPapers Paper Maps with grid for field survey or general navigation purposes.

Exporting OpenStreetMap data

See Downloading data for instructions on getting large scale map data, or see the focused exports below:

  • A custom export for Comoros is available on the HOT Export Tool. Find here an export of the Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique and here and export of the Comores Islands.
  • Daily updated OpenStreetMap exports for Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi are available on the Humanitarian Data eXchange (HDX)

Offline Road Navigation with small devices

Several navigation apps are using OpenStreetMap, see Software/Mobile for more information on using OSM in portable devices.

Request your area of interest

If we are not mapping yet your area of interest, send an email to info at hotosm.org with the essential information and we will map your area of interest as soon as possible!

For Mappers

How You Can Contribute

By mapping

Learn how to Map:

  • Most of our volunteer needs are for remote OSM contributors, visit LearnOSM.org to get started.
  • See WikiProject Mozambique for more information concerning mapping in Mozambique.
  • Find below the list of tasks your help is needed on.

By hosting a Mapathon

More information on how to do this can be found here: http://www.missingmaps.org/host/

By validating

Are you an experienced mapper? Apply now to be validator! You will help double checking the mapping that was done, and help new mappers grow their skills. Sign up via this form. Learn here more here and here about the what and why of validation.

By spreading the Word

Find the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and The Missing Maps on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and share our messages to encourage more mappers!


We’re available to support you with any questions regarding Cyclone Kenneth. Join us on the HOT Slack Channel and head to #mapper-support for assistance.

Overview tasks

All mapping tasks are set up on the HOT Tasking Manager and can be found through this link.

An overview map of all tasks can be found here.

Please map first the tasks with the highest priority.

Project Priority Location What to map Imagery Source Task Mapping Status Task Validation Status
https://tasks.hotosm.org/project/5978 Urgent Nzwani North, Comores Buildings Bing In progress (0%) In progress (0%)
https://tasks.hotosm.org/project/5977 Urgent Nzwani Centre, Comores Buildings Bing Complete (100%) In progress (69%)
https://tasks.hotosm.org/project/5976 Urgent Macomia District Buildings Bing Complete (100%) In progress (57%)
https://tasks.hotosm.org/project/5975 Urgent Islands Cabo Delgado Province Buildings Bing Complete (100%) Complete (100%)
https://tasks.hotosm.org/project/5967 Urgent Macomia Town, Mozambique Roads Bing Complete (100%) Complete (100%)
https://tasks.hotosm.org/project/5966 Urgent Nzwani West, Comores Buildings Bing Complete (100%) In progress (38%)
https://tasks.hotosm.org/project/5962 Urgent Nzwani West, Comores Buildings Bing Complete (100%) Complete (100%)
https://tasks.hotosm.org/project/5960 Urgent Macomia Town, Mozambique Buildings Bing Complete (100%) Complete (100%)
https://tasks.hotosm.org/project/5959 Urgent Macomia District, Mozambique Roads and Waterways Bing Complete (100%) Complete (100%)
https://tasks.hotosm.org/project/5956 High Pemba town, Mozambique Buildings Bing Complete (100%) In progress (16%)
https://tasks.hotosm.org/project/5955 low Mtwara, Tanzania Buildings and Roads Bing In progress (26%) In progress (2%)
https://tasks.hotosm.org/project/1693 Low Messalo basin, Mozambique Buildings and Roads Archived Archived

About This Disaster Mapping Project

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April 23, 2019

  • Started monitoring Cyclone Kenneth expected to make landfall in Northern Mozambique.

April 24, 2019

  • Cyclone Kenneth is passing through the Comores.

April 25, 2019

  • OSM Tanzania created preparedness task at the border with Mozambique.
  • Request from MSF for preparedness tasks in Mozambique in the coastal zone of the Cabo Delgado province.
  • Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in North Mozambique.

April 26, 2019

  • First tasks online on request of MSF - to map Macomia town and district in Mozambique.
  • First tasks online on request of IFRC - to map Nzwani Island in Comores.


MSF lead: Jorieke Vyncke

IFRC lead: Paul Knight

HOT lead: Russell Deffner

The main communication for coordination happens on the HOT Slack. Feel free to join us in the #cyclone_kenneth_2019 channel.