This. Just this: local mappers made more changes to the map of the Philippines during Typhoon Ruby than anyone else in the world (by a very very big margin). Anyone who doesn’t believe in the strength of local people to build their own resilience should look very, very hard at these numbers.
Ruby’s all over now for the mappers – DHN is de-activated, everyone’s gone back to work. There’s still a lot of work to do on the cleanup: MarkC mentioned 35000+ houses destroyed and 200000 people without shelter, and there will still be OSM mapping to do for that. This weekend Celina’s running a “train the trainers” OSM event in Manila: if you’re one of the people who created the figures above, please please go and help spread your skills further!