Cyclone Idai

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General Information

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.

Cyclone Idai Total Rainfall (Public Domain)

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Map and Data Services

Map showing the editing activity of OSM contributors during Typhoon Haiyan

About OpenStreetMap

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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).

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:

Offline Road Navigation with small devices

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

About This Activation

About HOT

Hot logo with text.svg
  • 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).
  • 10th June A bug in the system started deleting Projects on the Tasking Manager and we lost 6 projects - #5840, #5844, #5948, #5953, #5968, #5969. The developers stopped further loss and are working on fixing the bug and hope to restore the missing projects.
  • 13th June Four more projects lost #5831, #5895, #5907, #5964.

Project Page

https://www.hotosm.org/projects/CycloneIdai

Coordination

  • 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

Support Team

  • 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

(Source: resultmaps)

  • April 23rd 18:00 UTC: 3,617 Mappers; 42,865 Kilometers of Road; 403,815 Buildings; 587,553 total Features Added
  • April 30th 00:00 UTC: 3,713 Mappers; 43,431 Kilometers of Road; 407,884 Buildings; 595,320 total Features Added
  • May 8th 18:00 UTC: 3,810 Mappers; 46,923 Kilometers of Road; 418,925 Buildings; 622,943 total Features Added
  • May 20th 23:00 UTC: 4,008 Mappers; 55,622 Kilometers of Road; 443,492 Buildings; 680,660 total Features Added
  • May 24th 18:30 UTC: 4,046 Mappers; 63,086 Kilometers of Road; 473,060 Buildings; 734,070 total Features Added
  • May 30th 22:30 UTC: 4,172 Mappers; 70,967 Kilometers of Road; 501,930 Buildings; 782,568 total Features Added

(Source after 4/11: missingmaps)

Mapping Activation in the News

Doctors without Borders: https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/news-stories/story/mapping-needs-new-technologies-play-essential-role-cyclone-idai

International Federation of the Red Cross: https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/2019/04/01/mapping-cyclone-idai/

For Mappers

  • HOT Coordinator(s) requesting remote mapping assistance to finish remaining projects

Support

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

http://www.missingmaps.org/host/

Validate

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:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd1t-krZTjixUHHwxSZfP53vHLnfR4Bm5cO1Cz7HuYWpONTmQ/viewform

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
5953 Missing Maps High Intermediate Nhamatanda, Mozambique Roads & Waterways Bing In Progress (93%) In Progress (1%)
5948 Missing Maps High Intermediate Nhamatanda, Mozambique Buildings Bing In Progress (89%) In Progress (10%)
5895 Missing Maps Medium Intermediate Beira North Coast, Mozambique Buildings Bing Complete (100%) In Progress (46%)
5916 Missing Maps Medium Verified Validators Northwest Tica, Mozambique Validation of Buildings, roads, waterways Bing Completed in 5874 & 5875 In Progress (43%)
5964 Missing Maps Medium Intermediate Beira North Coast, Mozambique Roads and waterways Bing Complete (100%) In Progress (70%)
5908 Missing Maps Medium Intermediate Mozambique Border Buildings Bing Complete (100%) In Progress (27%)
5868 Missing Maps Medium Intermediate (Unrestricted) Dombe (East), Mozambique Roads and Waterways Bing Complete (100%) In Progress (49%)
5932 Missing Maps Medium Verified Validators Tica, Mozambique Validation of Buildings, roads, waterways Bing Completed in 5852 & 5855 & 5856 In Progress (0%)
5903 Missing Maps Medium Intermediate (Unrestricted) Sofala, Mozambique Roads and Waterways Bing Complete (100%) In Progress (23%)
5907 Missing Maps Medium Beginner West Zimbabwe/Mozambique Border Buildings, roads and waterways Bing Complete (100%) In Progress (95%)
5968 Missing Maps Urgent Intermediate Buzi, Mozambique Roads and waterways Bing Complete (100%) In Progress (32%)
5969 Missing Maps High Intermediate Buzi, Mozambique Buildings Bing Complete (100%) In Progress (21%)
Partner Activation Projects
5915 MSF Complete Verified Validators Mutare, Zimbabwe Validation of Buildings, roads, waterways Bing Completed in 5832 & 5833 Complete (100%)
5828 MSF Medium Beginner Chipinge, Zimbabwe Buildings Bing Complete (100%) Complete (100%)
COMPLETE/ARCHIVED
5980 Missing Maps DRAFT Intermediate Gondola and Sussundenga, Mozambique Roads and waterways Bing Abandoned Abandoned
5981 Missing Maps DRAFT Intermediate Dombe North, Mozambique Roads and waterways Bing Abandoned Abandoned
5982 Missing Maps DRAFT Intermediate Mozambique Border Roads and waterways Bing Abandoned Abandoned
5894 Missing Maps Medium Intermediate Buzi Province, Mozambique Buildings Bing Abandoned Abandoned
5896 Missing Maps Medium Intermediate Gondola & Sussundenga, Mozambique Buildings Bing Abandoned Abandoned
5902 Missing Maps Medium Intermediate (Unrestricted) Buzi Basin, Mozambique Roads and Waterways Bing Complete (100%) Complete
5898 Missing Maps Medium Intermediate Dombe North, Mozambique Buildings Bing Complete (100%) Complete
5972 Missing Maps Medium Verified Validators Dombe, Mozambique Validation of Buildings, roads, waterways Bing Completed in 5876 & 5877 Complete (100%)
5970 Missing Maps Urgent Intermediate Tica-Northeast, Mozambique Roads and waterways Bing Complete (100%) Complete (100%)
5971 Missing Maps Low Beginners Tica-Northeast, Mozambique Buildings Bing Complete (100%) Complete (100%)
5965 Missing Maps Medium Intermediate Validation Only Beira North Coast Basemap, Mozambique Roads and waterways Bing Complete (100%) Complete (100%)
5846 Missing Maps Urgent Intermediate Gorongosa, Mozambique Buildings Update Bing Complete (100%) Complete (100%)
5973 Missing Maps Complete Verified Validators Beira South, Mozambique Validation of Buildings, roads, waterways Bing Completed in 5879 & 5885 Complete (100%)
5950 Missing Maps Complete Intermediate (Unrestricted) Dondo and Cidade Da Beira, Mozambique Roads & Waterways Bing Complete (100%) Validation TBD
5946 Missing Maps Complete Intermediate Dondo and Cidade Da Beira, Mozambique Buildings Bing Complete (100%) Validation TBD
5900 Missing Maps Complete Intermediate Sofala, Mozambique Buildings Update Bing Complete (100%) Complete (100%)
5922 Missing Maps Archived Not Needed Gorongosa, Mozambique Validation of Buildings, roads, waterways Bing Not Needed Not Needed
5923 Missing Maps Complete Verified Validators Buzi (West), Mozambique Validation of Buildings, roads, waterways Bing Completed in 5880 & 5881 Complete (100%)
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 5973
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 5973
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 5972
5876 Missing Maps Complete Intermediate (Unrestricted) Dombe, Mozambique Roads and Waterways Bing Complete (100%) Validation in 5972
5875 Missing Maps Complete Intermediate Northwest Tica, Mozambique Buildings Update Bing Complete (100%) Validation in 5916
5874 Missing Maps Complete Intermediate Northwest Tica, Mozambique Roads and Waterways Bing Complete (100%) Validation in 5916
5856 Missing Maps Complete Beginner Tica, Mozambique Buildings Bing Complete (100%) Validation in 5932
5855 Missing Maps Complete Intermediate Mafambisse, Mozambique Buildings Update Bing Complete (100%) Validation in 5932
5852 Missing Maps Complete Intermediate Tica, Mozambique Roads and Waterways Bing Complete (100%) Validation in 5932
5845 Missing Maps Complete Beginner Gorongosa, Mozambique Roads and waterways Bing Complete (100%) Complete (100%)
5844 IFRC (in support of Zimbabwe Red Cross) Low Beginner Murambinda, Zimbabwe Buildings, roads, waterways Bing Complete (100%) Complete (100%)
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%)
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
5831 MSF Complete Beginner Chimanimani, Zimbabwe Buildings Bing Complete (100%) Complete (100%)
5830 MSF Medium Beginner Chimanimani, Zimbabwe Roads and Waterways 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%)

Available Imagery

Availability of imagery is good across project and surrounding area.

OSM Default Imagery Sources

Bing is the newest and clearest imagery

Bing

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