Josje Spierings via web
On March 13 cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, leaving a path of destruction. An estimated 90% of all the buildings in the capital Port Vila have been damaged.
Many international aid organizations have started the disaster response.
In the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector UNICEF is taking the lead in the disaster response, trying to provide clean water and sanitation to all.
In this response open data is playing a crucial role. Combining different data sets can provide powerful maps and reports that help the disaster response teams to allocate their assistance accordingly.
Since 2014 Akvo has been working with the government of Vanuatu and UNICEF Pacific in Vanuatu to map all the Water points in Vanuatu. This water point data is combined with data from a 2009 Vanuatu Census data found in PopGIS, the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) and Vanuatu data on the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative (PCRAFI).
With this data Akvo has supported UNICEF in creating some maps to help with the disaster response. The data used in these maps has been collected pre cyclone Pam:
UNICEF will share the data used to create these maps and the maps themselves so others can use it in their work.
If you have any questions about Akvo’s work in Vanuatu you can contact Stefan Kraus at firstname.lastname@example.org.