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Humanity Road’s Weekly Activity Update

Humanity Road monitors man-made and natural disaster around the globe. Here is what has been monitored and accomplished in the past week:

In the past week our volunteers were monitoring:

  • Earthquake – Philippines
    • An earthquake the USGS listed as a 5.4 (but PHIVOLV listed as a 6.3) struck off the coast of Virac, Philippines.
    • The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) – a service institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – reported the event as a 6.3 on the Richter scale, with a depth of 10 km
    • HR volunteers released information about the quake on Facebook, Twitter and USGS’s “Did you feel it“.
  • Cholera Outbreak – Ghana
    • As of January 11th, there were 1,636 cases and 33 deaths registered in the Western and Central regions of Africa according to UNICEF’s report on Cholera.
    • The case fatality ratio is high along the coast in Nigeria (greater than 11%)
    • Migrant Fisherman may be contributing to the spread of the outbreak so raising awareness amongst those fisherman, as well as monitoring their movement along the coast could reduce the risk of spread of the disease to the Liberian and Sierra Leonean coast.
    • HR volunteers shared information about outbreak locations, the UNICEF strategy report, and requested information from @WHO.
    • Organizations working to fight the further spread of cholera include: Agence de Médecine Préventive, Africhol, and UNICEF.


Other Humanity Road activities in the past week

  • Typhoon Hagupit Map Sampling was published this week! This collaborative project between Humanity Road and volunteers from GIS Corps aimed to review and collate mapping resources relating to Typhoon Hagupit. A wide variety of mapping products from Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) members, relief agencies and government departments were reviewed and categorized. Additionally, links to these mapping products were created in the DHN ArcGIS Online Account. View and download the power point here!
  • World Humanitarian Summit ended its regional consultation in Budapest with another panel discussion, and the floor was opened again for questions. Find out more about the World Humanitarian Summit and ways to participate in the future here.


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