In response to the Kaligandaki landslides we had set up four mapping tasks in OSM Tasking Manager. Luckily the river swept away debris from landslide that had blocked it, allowing waters to flow normally again. But we realize that the risk for such landslide is high, and we had a bunch of mappers in the KLL situation room who helped us with the mapping tasks and learned how to make maps on OpenStreetMap. We focused on residential areas that are near the Kaligandaki river in the Myagdi, Baglung, Parbat and Gulmi district. All the mappers agreed that it was a good idea to have local capacity in mapping in case such disasters occurs in the future. Experts predict that many of the landslides created by the April 25th and May 12th earthquakes may be re-triggered this monsoon.
We are 16% funded in our indiegogo campagin ( https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/maps-for-nepal )and we would like to thank all the 55 contributors who have contributed so far. We still need much more help to reach our goal so please do visit the page and donate.
An OSM mapper Ari Simmons created a visualization of contributions made by all the volunteers in Nepal after the May 25th earthquake. You can view the visualization at http://tabsoft.co/1epOVDQ
Our featured volunteer for the day is Bishwash Pokharel. Bishwash is working as a dispatch coordinator for the incoming reports to quakemap.org. Bishwash is also great in graphics design and designed an early flyer for QuakeMap.org Here is what Bishwash has to say about his volunteering experience.
“Making a difference has always been ‘the’ statement to me. With every opportunity, I thrive to working forth to value this statement of mine. When I heard about KLL carrying out these stuffs to working on coordinating the relief efforts, I couldn’t help myself but join the team. I went to Bhaktapur and Basantapur and saw the situation and could only imagine what it was like for people outside the valley who were actually the first-hand victims of this disaster..that only added up my desire to help those people. What we’ve been doing in Quakemap is actually quite helpful to those. As Dispatch coordinator, It has never been about how many reports came in or how much resources we had, but its always that urge to help those in need that has kept me and our team going and helping those. I wish that what I did would count and at the end of the day i could say Yes! I made a difference!”