Call to map, Albania with the flood crisis

Posted by h4ck3rm1k3 on 16 January 2010 in English (English)

After all the help on osm going to haiti, we should also help the people in Albania!

Amazing Helicopter view of natural disaster in Albania :

Macedonian Red Cross appeals for help for people affected by floods in Albania
Skopje. Macedonian Red Cross has made an appeal on citizens, organizations, firms and everyone who wants to help the people affected by the floods in Albania, Macedonian media announced.
UN joins relief efforts for Albanian flood victims
India Blooms News Service
New York, Jan 13 (IBNS) The United Nations is helping Albania respond to flooding in the north of the Balkan country, where more than 4,000 people have already been evacuated from their homes, with up to 20,000 more threatened.

B92 News Region Region
Aid sent to flood victims in Albania
10 January 2010 | 12:25 | Source: B92
SKADAR -- European Union countries and Moldova have sent aid to the victims of extreme flooding in northwest Albania.

Floods have devastated a region of about 10,000 hectares. More than 2,400 homes were flooded.
Bacallek : Albanian army rescuers and villagers pass by a convoy of trucks pushed to the side of the road by flood water on the outskirts of Bacallek, near the city of Shkodra, 75 miles (120 kilometers) north of the Albanian capital, Tirana,
UN to provide $270,000 in aid for Albania flood victims
The funding comes from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (, the United Nations Development Programme (, and the United Nations Children's Fund (

Location: Dejlan, Shkodër, Bashkia Shkodër, Shkodër County, Northern Albania, 4001-4007, Albania

Comment from h4ck3rm1k3 on 16 January 2010 at 17:18 This is the exact point of Bahçallëk, the town hit.

we should add in the details of the map.

Comment from h4ck3rm1k3 on 16 January 2010 at 17:26

Ok, I have done an gns import for Skoder region, all the local names are loaded

Comment from lyx on 16 January 2010 at 20:51

Are the any sources available for map data to enter? Yahoo lowres is not really helpful there and landsat just gives me timeouts (and probably wouldn't help either).

Comment from h4ck3rm1k3 on 16 January 2010 at 21:27

Not yet, I am working on it!

Comment from govig on 16 January 2010 at 21:32

I love the internet - I didn't even know Albania had a problem. All that has been on the news of late is haiti - maybe cynical but it seems that what gets in the newspapers is only what is likely to be of most interest to people and hence what is going to help sell more copies!!
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Comment from h4ck3rm1k3 on 16 January 2010 at 21:45

Well, I would have not thought about it but I saw all the news about haiti.
I have been following albania, because I am working alot with kosovo.

Comment from Szocske on 16 January 2010 at 22:50


I'm new to OSM, and never been to Albania, but I'd love to help out with tagging or tracing or whatever, so let me know when post-event imagery becomes available!

Comment from Valent Turkovic on 16 January 2010 at 23:04

When you get satellite images ping me, I'll be glad to help.

Comment from h4ck3rm1k3 on 17 January 2010 at 08:42

here is an article I found:
Lets add a tag to those points , and start looking for more info on those towns,
I imported the gns names for that region, so we should find them or I have to import a bigger region
" But yesterday there was no decline in the surfaces of flooded municipalities Velipoje, Dajc, Ana and Environment of Montenegro.
Water still keep the "occupied" Tera and home surfaces.

The Interior Ministry said yesterday, were flooded in total 9340 ha of land, home in 2169, while 5173 people were evacuated.

During the day Wednesday in the total figures have been 11400th ha, 2649 flats and 5148 evacuated residents.

Yesterday 25 people were evacuated and others in problematic areas flooded, as Dajci or Velipoja. "

Comment from lyx on 17 January 2010 at 21:25

I've added the place template to the page; noticed that the map displays a different "default" name.
Could you add some information on what type of information is needed to help?
And if you could give a hint how to use the sat images in JOSM, that would help as well. I have some doubts about the copyright in some of those images, BTW.

Comment from h4ck3rm1k3 on 20 January 2010 at 22:18

I have made a better image to trace from for Shkoder, and a video on how to help out with josm and the plugin. please help trace the map of shkoder.

Comment from h4ck3rm1k3 on 21 January 2010 at 12:20

We have now permission to use the data :
lets get tracing!

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