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11.03.2020 | Open Data Program

Open Data Response to Typhoon Goni

By: Maxar Technologies

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Typhoon Goni slammed into the Philippines on Sunday, November 1, 2020 causing severe damage and killing at least 16 people. It has been estimated that 80-90% of the buildings in Virac, one of the first and hardest hit areas, have been damaged by the storm. Civil defense officials estimate about 370,000 people have been displaced by the storm and tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed, though the capital of Manila was largely spared. Goni was the most powerful storm to hit the country since Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

When crises like this occur, Maxar is committed to supporting the humanitarian community by providing critical and actionable information to assist response efforts and fulfilling our purpose, For a Better World. As part of our Open Data Program, Maxar will publicly release data of the affected areas to support response efforts as it becomes available.

Any imagery or data distributed through the Open Data Program is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 license (CC BY-NC 4.0). This licensing allows for non-commercial use of the information, meaning it can quickly be integrated into first responder workflows with organizations like Team Rubicon, the Red Cross and other nonprofits. If commercial companies are interested in using the data distributed through the Open Data Program, it can be purchased by contacting us here.

Imagery has been posted on our Open Data Program website. Please continue to check this site and our social media channels for updates on additional post-event data.

Virac, Philippines on March 25, 2020.

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