Natural Disasters

International satellites supporting disaster management

The International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" is an international effort to put space technology at the service of rescue and emergency responders in the event of a major disaster. When the Charter is activated, its members make satellite images of devastated regions available to support relief efforts. Armed quickly with reliable and accurate information, response teams are better equipped to save lives and limit damage to property, infrastructure and the environment. As a member of the Charter, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) provides satellite imagery to help mitigate the effects of natural disasters.

Support provided by CSA following Charter activations

Flooding in Colombia –

Heavy rains in Colombia have caused torrents of water, mud and debris in the streets of Mocoa in the south of the country. President Juan Manuel Santos declared about 250 deaths, 200 people injured and more than 200 missing persons.

As part of its participation in the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters," the Canadian Space Agency is providing RADARSAT-2 satellite imagery to mitigate the effects of this natural disaster. More information about the Flooding in Colombia –

Flooding in Peru – Spring

Torrential rains have struck Peru since early and could continue until , causing severe flooding. The Civil Protection Agency of Peru reports about 100 deaths and 180,000 people affected by the disaster. 

As part of its participation in the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters," the Canadian Space Agency is providing RADARSAT-2 satellite imagery to mitigate the effects of this natural disaster. More information about the flooding in Peru – Spring

RADARSAT-2 images of the flooding in Peru - Spring 2017 - Piura River

Credit: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. () – All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency. Map produced by CONIDA.

RADARSAT-2 images of the flooding in Peru - Spring 2017 - Chira River

Credit:RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. () – All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency. Map produced by CONIDA.

Flood in Madagascar –

Tropical Cyclone Enawo has been classified as the most destructive storm to hit Madagascar in years‚ with winds in excess of 231 km/h, making it a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir–Simpson wind scale. A Category 4 hurricane can severely damage homes and infrastructure; trees will fall and power poles will be downed, causing power outages to last from weeks to months.

As a member of the Charter, the Canadian Space Agency provided RADARSAT-2 imagery to help detect the extent and evolution of flooding over the Maroantsetra area of Madagascar. More information about the Flood in Madagascar –

Map of flooding in the Maroantsetra area of Madagascar following Tropical Cyclone Enawo

Credit: TerraSAR-X DLR e. V. , Distribution: Airbus DS Geo GmbH RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. () – All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency. Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT.

Map of flooding in the Maroantsetra area of Madagascar following Tropical Cyclone Enawo

Credit: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. () – All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency. TerraSAR-X DLR e. V. , Distribution: Airbus DS Geo GmbH. Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT.

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