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Earlier this year, the local World Food Programme’s (WFP) requested that Cloud to Street and Planet provide rapid and consistent emergency information to be used for food delivery. The first large monsoon rains began this June 2017, affecting well over 10,000 people directly. 200,000 are estimated at risk to floods and landslides in the refugee camps (see: Relief Web). Cloud to Street immediately set up a crude but rapid online web system for providing maps on flooded areas within the camps and blocked roads and within a few days have provided maps based on PlanetScope, RapidEye, TerrasSarX, SkyBox, Sentinel,-1, MODIS, LandSat and Sentinel-2 (keeping the latest maps up to date available here). Beyond WFP, the sentinel-1 images have been downloaded 36 times from UNOCHA’s Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) portal since upload on June 21. An initial accuracy assessment of the maps based on local observation points collected for Cloud to Street by WFP, shows the Sentinel-1 image to be the most accurate but more testing and field points are required for a full analysis.
With funding, Cloud to Street could provide flood mapping to crisis manager throughout the critical monsoon season to support the WFP emergency food delivery and other aid agencies. The methods and partnership developed in this project can serve as a foundation for disaster response in refugee contexts around the world.