Pakistan/2010 Floods/resources

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Resources Summary

More extensive information on resources can be found here.

Analysis of these Resources

The Resources


Google Apps

Google has created an instance of Person_Finder and ResourceFinder for this crisis


Sahana have created an Eden instance for this crisis:

Anybody wishing to assist with either Data Entry or Development tasks are very welcome to join us.

Please email as we are in contact with an NGO to undertake the oversight of the Sahana platform (as requested by Sahana foundation when we set this up)-Darlene - Crisis Camp Calgary 19:20, 12 August 2010 (UTC)

If anybody has specific requirements for new applications then we'd be happy to build these quickly on this platform.



  • #pkfloods - this is the main hashtag: use this if you're retweeting
  • Data is also coming in on #pkflood, #pakfloods, #pakflood and #pakistan #floods

Tweak the Tweet:


  • a facebook group has been set up at!/group.php?gid=119591018091710 for people in Pakistan to post requests to but we have no way so far to export these requests from Facebook.
  • A group page has limitations in that it can't be exported and has no short code. Still need to work around this.
  • A Facebook page may be a better option as it would allow for a short URL but still have to find a way to export the updates. I have tried twitter but will only export admin updates.

Portail Francophone de la Solidarité Internationale

Ressources en français sur un outils collaboratif and Ushahidi-based Flood Incident Reporting System on Short Code 3441

  • CrisisCommons Blog Summary:[1]

The message to spread is simple. “Text your observations about the disaster and your location so we can put this on a map.” People can report their observations by texting 3441 and starting their message with “FL”.

3441 FL {What is the situation on ground}.

Works on all operators except Warid. 


ESRI are crowdsourcing these.

The PAKISTAN_FLOOD mapservice will have two new layers: IDP Camp and Power Station. The ArcGIS Server version of these mapservices refers to layers by index position. As new layers are added, the numbers used to identify each layer will change, creating a breaking change for consuming applications. These changes have been deployed to our backup servers for your testing. To access these servers, replace with in the connection URI. The full URI to this mapservice’s REST connection on our backup site is as follows:

Contact: John Livengood via CrisisMappers

Other data sources specific to this crisis

UN Shelter cluster in Pakistan - Google website
OSM (OpenStreetMap) - still needs help
wikipedia Khyber Pakhtunkhwa floods page
wikinews page
CrisisWiki page
Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - PDMA - Provincial Disaster Management Authority
Pakistan lifeline radio broadcasts via BBC World Service Trust: transmitting crucial up-to-date information, the programmes are broadcast six times daily: in Urdu at 12.30, 15.30 and 18.30 and in Pashto at 12.45, 15.45 and 18.45 (local times)
ICT4Peace in Geneva on Pakistan Floods
Contact Info for UNION COUNCILS in Pakistan
Pakistan/2010 Floods/Resources/River Level Mapping

A DC team is in touch with UNOCHA, IOM, and IFRC looking to ascertain clear needs from the field. As these needs clarify and develop, a CrisisCamp may need to emerge to respond first from Washington and then breaking out. For more info as this develops contact Matt McNabb at We'll try to update activities here.

    • We already have a contact from UNOCHA who is the national director, why are we duplicating efforts? Do they need to be vetted?


List of potential translators locally in Cambridge

Rough Notes (from Jeannie of Matt's stuff - Matt should check):

SMS notes from Matt

o Language. In affected areas they speak Pashtu. However, SMS is not normal language useage – text speak, Pashtu and Urdu. To get the message out, use radio, radio in the morning. Listen for humanitarian information.

o concentrate geographic area – 1) Sindh province (Karachi is in this province); 2) ‘NWFP’ Kaiber or Federally administered tribal lands, Malikum division (Swatt valley areas).

o Primer on Pakistani response: There is a province, within that a division, and within that districts. Primary responder at the “National Disaster Managemnet Authority” (NDMA); Each province has Provincial Disaster Management Authority ‘PDMA’. Suggested connected with PDMA. Sindh PDMA has a crap version of Ushahidi; they want help…hard to contact. May be difficult to help at the government response level because of lack of understanding of decentralization. Don’t want to be blacklisted by government. Want to fund a TIGER team to embed into the government; Heather B. can Ashley in Holbrooks office. Note – people in these areas don’t know much about the frontier.

o Largest source of Pashtun-speakers may be in Karachi


o CDAC – set up radio messages for affected communities

o BBC action – Jeannie – find out if that is translated;

o Amateur Radio: The Government of Pakistan agency known as the "PTA "(Pakistan Telecommunications Authority) has officially recognized the “International Radio Emergency Support Coalition” (IRESC) and the Pakistan Amateur Radio Society known as PARS for the Pakistan Flood Relief. [2]

o The International Radio Emergency Support Coalition is reachable via echolink on node 278173. Here is a current map of active radio gateways to the IRESC echolink node.