The Horn of Africa is gripped by its worst famine in more than 60 years. Over 12.4 million people across Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia are threatened with hunger and disease as they are unable to access basic survival means.
"UN agencies and other humanitarian organizations are rallying to support refugees on the move, particularly to the thousands fleeing Somalia. Valerie Amos, OCHA Emergency Relief Coordinator, has stated that "This will not be a short crisis." The emergency is expected to persist at least three to four months, and the number of people needing humanitarian assistance could increase by as much as 25%."
Google with its satellite imagery partner, GeoEye, has uploaded high resolution imagery of locations with the most pressing humanitarian needs. The map data contributed is being shared periodically with the UN agencies engaged in this crisis.
Google has also donated 1 million USD to help local and international organizations provide famine and drought relief support in the Horn of Africa.
If you're interested to participate in creating detailed maps and more, and offer feedback, then join Africa mailing list and visit the Horn of Africa community mapping site as we all map the way toward crisis relief.
[Source: Lat Long blog]