Map experts fly out to stricken Phillipines

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Two mapping experts from Bucks have arrived in the Phillipines to help with the disaster-relief operation as a massive cyclone hits the country.

Cyclone Haiyan made landfall on the Philippines east coast early Friday morning.

A super cyclone with wind speeds of over 200 miles an hour, the storm which is tracking its way across the country is expected to cause widespread damage and devastation.

Landslides, storm surges and floods are likely.

Two people from charity Map Action, which is based in Saunderton and has close links to Aylesbury business ESRI, arrived in Manila overnight and has been deployed alongside an advance group of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team.

MapAction provides accurate up-to-date maps of environments which are constantly changing due to natural disasters.

The team is preparing maps of the situation, extent and nature of the damage and where help is needed based on the UN Assessment team’s findings.