With UNDP assistance, NDMA maps the October 2015 earthquake

Oct 28, 2015

With technical assistance from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has created an interactive online mapping platform which can be used to analyse the effects of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake which struck Pakistan and Afghanistan on 26 October 2015. At least 255 people were killed in northern Pakistan, and the full impacts are still being assessed two days later, due to the inaccessibility of the affected areas.

With the most severe effects felt in remote, mountainous areas in Pakistan’s north-western region, mapping the impacts can help ensure that assistance and resources reach where they are most needed. Using the ArcGIS geographic information system (GIS) platform, the NDMA has created a user-friendly platform which can be used for simple analyses, such as measuring distances. Through embedded satellite imagery and basemaps, users anywhere in the world can access information on the geography of the mapped areas.

The mapping system also allows users to map populations, educational facilities, building density and historical earthquakes, as well as the area’s fault lines, with reference to buffer zones at 100–500 km from the epicentre of the earthquake.

UNDP Pakistan provides technical GIS assistance to UNDP Pakistan through the Disaster Risk Reduction in Pakistan project, which helps the NDMA improve its coordination of disaster preparedness and response activities.

The interactive map can be accessed here: http://www.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=83b571f65bdf43fc862091d4f21ae5e4

The map can also be accessed on the NDMA website: http://www.ndma.gov.pk/new/disasters/gismap1.php

For further information, contact:

Mr Muhi Usamah, Disaster Management Specialist, muhi.usamah@undp.org

Mr Saad Shams, GIS Specialist, saad.shams@undp.org

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