The Haiti earthquake and other humanitarian emergencies

The recent tragedy in Haiti in which, according to BBC World Service this morning, over 100,000 people may have died, illustrates yet again the need for a service such as Journeywatch. Why?

The immediate aftermath of this disaster is, like many other emergencies, a time of confusion, disorientation, shock and fear that there might be more to come. Journeywatch is a network where people in the emergency zone can report what is happening on the ground right now, and plot locations on the user maps. This helps aid agencies and others to avoid duplicating their efforts and assists in clearing the fog of disorientation. So if you’re in Haiti now and you have a moment, please sign up and start reporting. You can find the site at


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