Friday, May 8, 2015

How 'crisis mapping' is helping relief efforts in Nepal - BBC News

How 'crisis mapping' is helping relief efforts in Nepal - BBC News: "Nama says in the immediate aftermath of the quake, relief workers would head out to remote areas to help, but would have no information on what was required.
"They took rice, for example. When they got there, they realised that's not what the people there needed, they need tents.
"The problem was in the information. What do people need and what relief can be offered?" he says.
The Red Cross was already working with KLL on mapping Nepal in preparation for an event like this, says Dale Kunce, senior geospatial engineer for the American Red Cross based in Washington DC.
He says they are using the maps after the quake to guide teams on the ground about things like which routes might be prone to landslides, where possible distribution centres could be based and where banks are."

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