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Tomnod calls for crowdsourcing volunteers to help map Vanuatu (Image: Tomnod)

DigitalGlobe's Tomnod programme is asking its crowdsourcing volunteers to map the damage caused by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.

Tomnod is a programme using crowdsourcing to identify objects and places in satellite images. Volunteers can use satellite images to help recovering from disasters as the category 5 cyclone in the island nation of Vanuatu, which has destroyed the basic infrastructure leaving thousands of people displaced. Users can switch between pre-event and post-event imagery to help determine the exact situation.

Through its satellite imagery archive, DigitalGlobe has made available the imagery of the region captured from 1 January 2014 to 16 March 2015. 

Publishing Date: 25/03/2015
Map showing potentially damaged zones in western Tanna Island, Vanuatu (Image: UNITAR/UNOSAT)

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated to support response efforts in Vanutua with satellite-based maps. Vanuatu was heavily affected by Cyclone Pam on 13 and 14 March 2015 causing huge devastation. The mechanism was triggered by UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA. UNITAR/UNOSAT has already produced and made available several maps, which can be downloaded from the International... read more

Publishing Date: 18/03/2015
Within 24 hours, the HOT community more than doubled the amount of map data in OpenStreetMap (Image: HOT)

Cyclone Pam, which struck Vanuatu last Friday, has affected more than 130,000 people, about half of the population of the country, according to UN estimations. Following a direct hit from the Category 5 storm, at least two deaths have been confirmed and over 30 injured people are being treated in the capital Port Vila.

"Vanuatu is used to disasters but the indications are that Cyclone Pam has caused unprecedented damages," said President Baldwin Lonsdale in a press release issued on his behalf by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). Several UN Departments are coordinating help or already actively supporting the rescue teams on site, amongst them UNICEF,... read more

Publishing Date: 16/03/2015
2013 Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines (Image: DFID/ Henry Donati)

More than 50 percent of the most exposed cities in the world for natural disasters are located in Philippines, China, Japan and Bangladesh, according to a recent publication by the global risk analytics company Verisk Maplecroft.

The 5th annual Natural Hazards Risk Atlas (NHRA) shows that of the 100 cities with the greatest exposure to natural hazards, 21 are located in the Philippines, 16 in China, 11 in Japan and 8 in Bangladesh. The combined risk of tropical storms and cyclones, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis and severe storms or extra-tropical cyclones, among others, has placed the small capital city of Port Vila, on the isolated South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, on top as the world's riskiest ones.

The Philippines is the most exposed country with eight cities among the ten most risky at global level due to a high risk of tropical storms, earthquakes and landslides. In addition... read more

Publishing Date: 09/03/2015

NASA's Aqua satellite passed over strengthening Tropical Storm Jasmine and noticed bands of thunderstorms wrapping into its center as it heads toward Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

Vanuatu and New Caledonia are island nations in the South Pacific Ocean. Vanuatu is about 1,090 miles (1,750 km) east of northern Australia, and 310 miles (500 km) northeast of New Caledonia. New Caledonia is an archipelago and has a land area of 7,172 sq miles (18,576 square km). The current forecast track for Tropical Cyclone Jasmine takes it between the two island nations.

Tropical Storm Jasmine formed on February 4, 2012 in the South Pacific Ocean when the low pressure area called System 95P strengthened. By... read more

Publishing Date: 07/02/2012

Disaster

More than 300 people are evacuated from an island in the north of Vanuatu as gas and ash from Gaua volcanic eruptions were drifting on to 3 villages. Red Cross is mobilized to assist the evacuees.

Source: http://www.glidenumber.net/glide/public/search/details.jsp?glide=18974.

Category 5 cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu on 13 and 14 March 2015, killing at least eleven people, causing serious damage to infrastructure and leaving debris across the capital. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), approximately 14,000 homes have been reported to be destroyed or damaged throughout the provinces of Penama, Malampa, Shefa and Tafea, and 65,000 are in need of temporary shelter.

Following severe inundation from storm surges and sea swells generated by Pam, the Government of Tuvalu declared a State of Emergency on 13 Mar... read more

Acid rain and ash fall threaten water safety as well as crops and vegetation. More than 9 000 people from 40 villages in Ambrym have been affected.

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Recent rainfall caused floods and landslides severely affecting North Ambrym. Ten villages between Linbul and Ranvetlam, with an estimated population of 950 (239 households), were affected.

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A 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit the Island of Tongoa on 29 May, damaging infrastructure and causing landslides.

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development organization. It advocates for change and connects the Pacific to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. The UNDP Fiji Multi-Country Office covers 10 countries - Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

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