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UVM researcher providing mapping to Phillipine rescuers

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Vermonters are reaching out to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, as the death toll has reached over 5,200 people.

Led by University of Vermont PHD student Bill Morris, a mapping effort with the Humanitarian Open Street Map Team is underway to assist those on the ground in the Philippines. Morris updates a digital map available to responders which they then print out overseas. It helps them get to people who need assistance in the quickest way possible, by having the latest information on terrain and city layout.

"The fact that that's being a tangible good to first responders in the aftermath of a natural disaster, like I said -- it's surreal. Having that information closed and knowing that it's actually being used is very empowering," Morris said.

Morris says the project will go on as long as the relief effort continues.

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