OpenRouteService for disaster management instance for the Philipinnes


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Just a couple of days ago, on December 16th, large area of the Philippines were hit by Typhoon Rai (local name Odette). The typhoon not only caused vast destruction but also hit many of the communities that already suffered most since the outbreak of COVID-19 (also see Emergency Appeal IFRC).

In order to provide support for the affected population and the humanitarian organizations that are involved in the response, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team started to coordinate mapping efforts, helping to create a base map of the affected areas (see current tasks here).

Thanks to this effort, the OSM data is continually updated, including the road network. These infrastructure data can be utilized in the Openrouteservice for Disaster Management:

The service by allows for routing based on the latest data, with updates taking place every 10 minutes. For a full overview of the service please see here.

The service will the updated and extended in the scope of the response and according to the respective requirements.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback or questions, e.g. about integration into your workflows or systems

Feel free to share to relevant organizations on the ground!

Open Source:


GIScience Research Group Heidelberg University

Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT gGmbH)

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