Crowdsource initiative helps recovery efforts in Philippines

Crowdsource initiative helps recovery efforts in Philippines

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Philippines: Crowdsourcing efforts by a number of volunteers are helping in the recovery efforts in Philippines. Over 900 volunteers are collaborating through the OpenStreetMap network. The maps are being created using satellite technology and the knowledge of the public to help relief organisations, like the Red Cross, to guide them with location of buildings and roads and where to deliver supplies.

The United Nations recently said that 11 million people were affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which hammered the islands a week ago. The death toll is more than 3,000, and the survivors are still struggling to get the food and water they so desperately need. Blocked roads, destroyed buildings and downed telecommunications systems are making it difficult for relief workers to reach some of the most devastated regions of the Philippines.

Source: Wwno