Flying cameras help teams assess damage, search for survivors and clear roads following earthquake in Ludian, Yunnan, China
Disaster response team incorporates aerial technology into their relief efforts for the first time
Relief workers are using aerial imaging to address two of the greatest challenges in the Ludian earthquake zone – identifying areas amidst the rubble areas to focus the search for survivors, and clearing roads for supplies to get to the disaster area.
The team is using the DJI S900 and DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ flying platforms to provide workers with an overhead view, assisting post-disaster assessment and enabling them to focus their work in the most efficient way.
Aerial images captured by the team were used by workers in the epicentre area of Longtoushan, where most of the traditional buildings in the area collapsed. The dense rubble and vegetation have made ground surveying extremely difficult, so using aerial images has helped identify where relief teams can focus on searching for survivors.
The team has also used aerial images to assist rescuers to clear a road from Guangming Village to Tiansheng Bridge by identifying the easiest points of clearance – a crucial need for relief efforts in disaster zones.