Cyclone Idai Response is an Activation of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), requested by the International Federation of the Red Cross, to improve the basemap in areas of Mozambique affected by existing flooding in Zambezia province, exacerbated by the Cyclone, and Sofala province hit by the Cyclone itself, and resulting storm surges on the coast. HOT is also now supporting MSF in a number of project mapping areas of Zimbabwe impacted by Cyclone Idai.
For Aid Organizations
Map and Data Services
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 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).
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 is available on the HOT Export Tool
Daily updated OpenStreetMap exports for Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi are available on the Humanitarian Data eXchange (HDX)
With the availibility of Small communication devices, Navigation Offline data proves to be very useful to the humanitarians deployed in foreign countries. We support the humanitarian NGO's using navigation data and invite them to give us feedback on the utilization of these devices in the context of field deployment.
- See Software/Mobile for more information on using OSM in portable devices.
- See also Mobile Mapping on LearnOSM.org for information on mapping in the field.
Usage of OSM data for Humanitarian Missions
- Example CartONG Map
- Please post links/reports here...
About This Activation
- To learn more about the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), explore more of our wiki-pages (root: HOT) or our website hotosm.org. We are a global community of mostly volunteers, we are also a US Nonprofit able to contract with organizations (email info at hotosm.org to contact our staff), we are also a 501-c-3 charitable organization.
History of this Activation
Reactivity of the OSM Community
- 9th March 2019 the impending Cyclone was brought to the attention of the Disaster Activation Team. A size-up was conducted, but without a mapping request and with the Cyclone so far out and path therefore fluctuating, the decision was made to hold on activating while more research was completed.
- 13th March 2019 a request for mapping was received from the International Federation of the Red Cross, noting priority areas for mapping in relation to the existing flooding in Zambezia province, and impending Cyclone in Sofala province.
- 14th March 2019 an updated size-up was completed, outlining the request from the IFRC and the new information regarding flooding in Zambezia, as well as updated information about the Cyclone. The same day the first project centring around the flooded town of Mopeia in Zambezia province was created on Tasking Manager to be mapped by volunteers.
- 15th March 2019 the initial mapping the flooded town of Mopeia was completed in around 24 hours (validation still ongoing), and therefore a second project was launched in the larger town of Nicolada.
- 16th March 2019 validation of town of Mopeia completed, and support of MSF projects in Zimbabwe following the impact of Cyclone Idai there is activated with six projects.
- 19th March 2019 mapping and validation of town of Nicoadala complete.
- 20th March 2019 request from IFRC to map areas in and surrounding both Beira and Buzi. Two urgent priority projects created.
- 21st March 2019 request put in and approved in relation to volunteers for mainly validation on Cyclone Idai MSF and IFRC projects from GISCorps
- 22nd March 2019 new IFRC supported project in Zimbabwe around a dam overflow on the first villages downstream, map of village of Murambinda and its surroundings requested as a result.
- 23rd April 2019 received final area of interest from IFRC, last projects will be released as existing are completed. (NOTE: Also started monitoring Cyclone Kenneth expected to make landfall in Northern Mozambique later in the week).
- HOT Disaster Coordinators: David Luswata (Lead), Theo Andrae (Initial Lead), Russell Deffner (HOT Disaster Coordinator)
- MSF and IFRC Leads: Jorieke Vyncke, Heather Leason, Paul Knight
- HOT Support Team: Ralph Aytoun, Tyler Radford, Rebecca Firth, David Garcia, Greg Rose, Bryan Sayer, Saikat Maiti
Effort made - #cycloneidai
- March 18th 00:00UTC: 156 Mappers have contributed 1909 Highways; 28,848 Buildings and 218,875 total changes to OpenStreetMap
- March 21st 00:00UTC: 849 Mappers; 13,013 Highways; 96,732 Buildings and 1,099,760 total changes
- March 23rd 11:45UTC: 1,126 Mappers; 19,530 Highways; 127,437 Buildings; 1,943 Waterways and 1,615,505 total changes
- March 26th 20:10UTC: 1,529 Mappers; 33,148 Highways; 168,910 Buildings; 3,360 Waterways and 2,486,828 total changes
- March 30th 11:45UTC: 2,063 Mappers; 41,440 Highways; 208,500 Buildings; 4,658 Waterways and 3,246,226 total changes
- April 4th 16:25UTC: 2,631 Mappers; 58,544 Highways; 260,455 Buildings; 6,664 Waterways and 4,424,702 total changes
- April 11th 10:30UTC: 2,957 Mappers; 75,962 Highways; 303,591 Buildings; 7,848 Waterways and 5,495,585 total changes
- April 23rd 18:00 UTC: 3,617 Mappers; 42,865 Kilometers of Road; 403,815 Buildings; 587,553 total Features Added
Mapping Activation in the News
- HOT Coordinator(s) requesting remote mapping assistance for estimated 10 week mapping response
We’re available to support you with any questions on these activities, please fill out this form and join us on the HOT Slack Channel: slack.hotosm.org and head to #mapper-support for assistance.
How You Can Contribute
Learn 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.
Host a Mapathon
Experienced mappers of at least Intermediate level can apply to be validator on this activation, double checking mapping and helping new mappers grow their skills:
Information on validating can be found here
Spread the Word
Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and share our messages to encourage more mappers! Use the HOT hashtag #mapthedifference
Mapping Projects - Cyclone Idai
- Please choose from highest priority first
- Experienced mappers are also asked to participate in validating completed tasks. Information on validating can be found here
|Project #||Requesting Organization||Priority||Difficulty||Location||What to map||Imagery Source||Task Mapping Status||Task Validation Status|
|HOT Activation Projects|
|5916||Missing Maps||Medium||Verified Validators||Northwest Tica, Mozambique||Validation of Buildings, roads, waterways||Bing||Complete (100%)||In Progress (38%)|
|5922||Missing Maps||Medium||Verified Validators||Gorongosa, Mozambique||Validation of Buildings, roads, waterways||Bing||Complete (100%)||In Progress (7%)|
|5868||Missing Maps||Urgent||Intermediate (Unrestricted)||Dombe (East), Mozambique||Roads and Waterways||Bing||Complete (100%)||In Progress (49%)|
|5923||Missing Maps||High||Verified Validators||Buzi (West), Mozambique||Validation of Buildings, roads, waterways||Bing||Completed in 5880 & 5881||In Progress (42%)|
|5932||Missing Maps||Medium||Verified Validators||Tica, Mozambique||Validation of Buildings, roads, waterways||Bing||Complete (100%)||In Progress (47%)|
|5900||Missing Maps||Low||Intermediate||Sofala, Mozambique||Buildings Update||Bing||In Progress (70%)||In Progress (52%)|
|5902||Missing Maps||Low||Intermediate (Unrestricted)||Buzi Basin, Mozambique||Roads and Waterways||Bing||In Progress (91%)||In Progress (1%)|
|5903||Missing Maps||Low||Intermediate (Unrestricted)||Sofala, Mozambique||Roads and Waterways||Bing||In Progress (30%)||In Progress (0%)|
|5907||Missing Maps||High||Beginner||West Zimbabwe/Mozambique Border||Buildings, roads and waterways||Bing||Complete (100%)||In Progress (16%)|
|Partner Activation Projects|
|5844||IFRC (in support of Zimbabwe Red Cross)||Medium||Beginner||Murambinda, Zimbabwe||Buildings, roads, waterways||Bing||Complete (100%)||In Progress (17%)|
|5915||MSF||Medium||Verified Validators||Mutare, Zimbabwe||Validation of Buildings, roads, waterways||Bing||Complete (100%)||In Progress (5%)|
|5830||MSF||Medium||Beginner||Chimanimani, Zimbabwe||Roads and Waterways||Bing||Complete (100%)||In Progress (56%)|
|5828||MSF||Medium||Beginner||Chipinge, Zimbabwe||Buildings||Bing||Complete (100%)||In Progress (9%)|
|5899||Missing Maps||Complete||Intermediate||Buzi Basin, Mozambique||Buildings Update||Bing||Complete (100%)||Complete (100%)|
|5885||Missing Maps||Complete||Intermediate||Coast South of Beira, Mozambique||Buildings Update||Bing||Complete (100%)||Validation in TBD|
|5881||Missing Maps||Complete||Intermediate||Buzi (West), Mozambique||Buildings Update||Bing||Complete (100%)||Validation in 5923|
|5880||Missing Maps||Complete||Intermediate||Buzi (West), Mozambique||Roads and Waterways||Bing||Complete (100%)||Validation in 5923|
|5879||Missing Maps||Complete||Intermediate (Unrestricted)||Coast South of Beira, Mozambique||Roads and Waterways||Bing||Complete (100%)||Validation in TBD|
|5878||Missing Maps||Complete||Intermediate||Dombe (East), Mozambique||Buildings Update||Bing||Complete (100%)||Complete (100%)|
|5877||Missing Maps||Complete||Intermediate||Dombe, Mozambique||Buildings Update||Bing||Complete (100%)||Validation in TBD|
|5876||Missing Maps||Complete||Intermediate (Unrestricted)||Dombe, Mozambique||Roads and Waterways||Bing||Complete (100%)||Validation in TBD|
|5852||Missing Maps||Complete||Intermediate||Tica, Mozambique||Roads and Waterways||Bing||Complete (100%)||Validation in 5932|
|5855||Missing Maps||Complete||Intermediate||Mafambisse, Mozambique||Buildings Update||Bing||Complete (100%)||Validation in 5932|
|5856||Missing Maps||Complete||Beginner||Tica, Mozambique||Buildings||Bing||Complete (100%)||Validation in 5932|
|5845||Missing Maps||Complete||Beginner||Gorongosa, Mozambique||Roads and waterways||Bing||Complete (100%)||Validation in 5922|
|5846||Missing Maps||Complete||Intermediate||Gorongosa, Mozambique||Buildings Update||Bing||Complete (100%)||Validation in 5922|
|5840||Missing Maps||Complete||Beginner||Buzi, Mozambique||Buildings, roads, waterways||Bing||Complete (100%)||Complete (100%)|
|5839||Missing Maps||Complete||Beginner||Beira, Mozambique||Buildings, roads, waterways||Bing||Complete (100%)||Complete (100%)|
|5827||MSF||Complete||Beginner||Chipinge, Zimbabwe||Roads||Bing||Complete (100%)||Complete (100%)|
|5831||MSF||Complete||Beginner||Chimanimani, Zimbabwe||Buildings||Bing||Complete (100%)||Complete (100%)|
|5824||IFRC||Complete||Beginner||Mopeia, Mozambique||Buildings||Bing||Complete (100%)||Complete (100%)|
|5826||IFRC||Complete||Beginner||Nicoalada, Mozambique||Buildings||Bing||Complete (100%)||Complete (100%)|
|5833||MSF||Complete||Beginner||Mutare, Zimbabwe||Roads and Waterways||Bing||Complete (100%)||Validation in 5915|
|5832||MSF||Complete||Beginner||Mutare, Zimbabwe||Buildings||Bing||Complete (100%)||Validation in 5915|
|5874||Missing Maps||Complete||Intermediate||Northwest Tica, Mozambique||Roads and Waterways||Bing||Complete (100%)||Validation in 5916|
|5875||Missing Maps||Complete||Intermediate||Northwest Tica, Mozambique||Buildings Update||Bing||Complete (100%)||Validation in 5916|
Availability of imagery is good across project and surrounding area.
OSM Default Imagery Sources
Bing is the newest and clearest imagery
Bing provides a global imagery data source that is the 'default' Imagery available for OSM (default option in most editors).
Alternative Imagery Sources
How to add/use Alternative Imagery
In many cases better imagery is available than the default; when possible we set up a remote link directly via the Tasking Manager, so there is nothing to do, the iD editor and (as long as enabled) JOSM will automatically add the imagery.
Additionally, with JOSM, it's relatively easy to add special imagery if the license is appropriate for tracing into OSM. For more details see JOSM Imagery Help