#1539 - Fiji - Cyclone Winston - Koro Island - Buildings (Archived)

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Cyclone Winston hit Fiji on 20 February, leaving at least 21 dead and destroying hundreds of homes.

The Category Five storm (the most powerful on the Saffir-Simpson Scale) is the worst to affect Fiji in decades. It was also one of the most powerful storms the southern hemisphere in recorded history.

Winston made landfall at 06:30 UTC (18:30 local time) on the north of Viti Levu, the main island in the archipelago. From there it moved west, and the large storm narrowly avoided the capital city of Suva.

The government declared a state of emergency and imposed a 36-hour curfew for residents' safety.

The storm has reportedly destroyed entire villages and many homes were damaged or destroyed. Thousands of people are currently in hundreds of evacuation centres until they can return to their homes, if possible.

Winston also damaged power lines, leaving 80% of the population without power and impacting communications across the more than 300 islands in the archipelago. This limited or lack of communication is making it difficult to assess the full scale of the damage in the more remote islands. It is believed that some of the islands may have suffered far more damage than the main island. There are reports that Koro Island, one of the larger islands, may have suffered "catastrophic" damage.

Repair and recovery efforts began on 22 February, and rescue workers priorities are restoring communications and provided clean food and water to the many affected by the cyclone.

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Project Specific Mapping Notes

  • Many of these task squares will be forest only, no buildings or roads, especially on the interior of the island. Please just carefully look at the task square and if you see no buildings, just mark it "Done" and select another task square.
  • Most buildings will be found along the coast and along the inland roads on the north of the island.


  • Please accurately outline all the buildings you can find. The outline should be for the full size of the building even if it is partly covered by trees in the imagery.
  • After drawing the outline, use the 's' key in the web editor to "square" the corners.
  • Many buildings are very close, but do not actually touch each other, try to map them close to each other without letting them connect or share nodes with each other, roads or residential area outlines. Zooming in very close to map helps with this!
  • In the iD web editor, the first time you map a building you will use the "Building" category and then at the bottom of the list select "Building" again, this is the most generic building tag we can use as we almost never can tell the more specific use of any building from imagery alone.

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