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 Uruguay –

Heavy rains have caused severe flooding in northwestern Uruguay, including the city of Bella Unión.

3,500 people have been displaced. Many of them are already receiving food, shelter and medical care. Uruguay's National Emergency System (SINAE) is visiting affected areas to assess the damage and coordinate relief efforts.

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

Credit: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2017) – All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official mark of the Canadian Space Agency.

Flooding in Sri Lanka –

Monsoon rains have caused severe flooding and mudslides in western and southern Sri Lanka, leaving at least 91 people dead and 8000 people affected.

The Sri Lankan navy and air force have been deployed to provide emergency relief to affected areas.

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

Credit: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2017) – All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official mark of the Canadian Space Agency.

Credit: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2017) – All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official mark of the Canadian Space Agency.

Flooding in Russia –

Torrential rain has caused flooding in Stavropol Krai, Russia. A state of emergency has been declared in the region, where at least six villages and towns are affected.

Emergency workers are conducting rescue operations to evacuate people trapped by the flood waters and are providing relief and emergency supplies for the victims. More than 1000 homes have been flooded and over 3000 people evacuated.

As part of its participation in the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters," the CSA is providing RADARSAT-2 satellite imagery to support relief efforts and help mitigate the effects of this natural disaster. More information about the flooding in Russia –

Credit: CSA

Flooding in Chile –

Heavy rains in Chile have caused severe flooding in the capital of Santiago. Reports indicate that two people have died and over 2,000 people have been forced to leave their homes. Several vehicles have been destroyed by water as a result of the Salado River overflowing into the city.

As part of its participation in the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters," the CSA is providing RADARSAT-2 satellite imagery to support relief efforts and help mitigate the effects of this natural disaster. More information about the flooding in Chile –

Credit: CSA

Flooding in Canada –

The city of Montreal and surrounding areas have been hit by severe flooding due to heavy rain and melting snow following the seasonal rise in temperature. At least 1,900 homes have been flooded across 126 towns and cities. A state of emergency has been declared, and mandatory evacuation orders have been issued in some areas.

The province of Ontario has also been significantly affected. There is widespread flooding in the National Capital region. In southern Ontario, the Canadian Press news agency has reported that Lake Ontario's water level has reached an extent not seen since .

The Government Operations Centre is working to coordinate the response to the situations in Quebec and Ontario.

Thanks to the CSA's participation in the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters," imagery from RADARSAT-2 and international satellites is being provided to mitigate the effects of this natural disaster. More information about the flooding in Canada –

Credit: CSA

Disappearance of the Stellar Daisy – Spring

A South Korean cargo vessel, the Stellar Daisy, disappeared in the Atlantic Ocean on . Two members of the crew were found in a life raft the day after, but 22 members of the crew still remain unaccounted for.

Search operations have been underway since the vessel disappeared. The Charter was activated on to help these efforts with satellite imagery.

As part of its participation in the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters," the Canadian Space Agency is providing RADARSAT-2 satellite imagery. More information about the disappearance of the Stellar Daisy – Spring

Credit: CSA

Flooding in Haiti –

Heavy rains and flooding in Haiti have had a serious impact on areas previously damaged by Hurricane Matthew ( ). At least 6 deaths were reported since the flooding began. Over 5000 homes in the town of Port-Salut town are reported to be damaged with several being completely destroyed.

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

Image of the flood in Haiti

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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 CSA 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 CSA 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 mark 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 mark 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 CSA 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 mark 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 mark of the Canadian Space Agency. TerraSAR-X DLR e. V. , Distribution: Airbus DS Geo GmbH. Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT.

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