GIS to improve information access to areas affected by earthquake in Pakistan

GIS to improve information access to areas affected by earthquake in Pakistan

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The Pakistan Army Survey Group has developed a GIS containing relevant data and information about the magnitude of disaster caused by the earthquake in October. GIS will help to provide the required information about the condition of roads, location and height of villages and population when linked with satellite images. The system will also assist in relief operations and rehabilitation programme. It will also help aid agencies operating in the area by providing them the exact data about the population affected in case the road gets blocked by landslides and snowfall. When this system is linked with the Meteorological Department it will provide recommendations and suggestions to aid agencies regarding relief operations to be launched in the affected areas. The Pakistan Army Survey Group with the assistance of the Turkish Disaster Management team has completed surveying areas located on the fault line. The army survey group has designed three-dimensional (3-D) models suggesting the layout of the affected area which will assist in the planning of rehabilitation, house designing and training of volunteers.