Natural Disasters

Flooding in Costa Rica – November 2016

Tropical Storm Otto caused floods and landslides in Costa Rica as it advanced towards the coasts of Costa Rica and Nicaragua. A map produced by Natural Resources Canada and derived from images captured by satellites RADARSAT-2 and Sentinel-1B shows the extent of the flooding in Costa Rica.

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 Costa Rica – November 2016.

Flood in Costa Rica

Credit: Natural Resources Canada

Flood in Panama - November 2016

Floods and mudslides caused by Tropical Storm Otto wreaked havoc in Panama. The storm is expected to strengthen as it continues to advance towards Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

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 Flood in Panama - November 2016.

Tropical Storm Otto over Panama

Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project

Hurricane Matthew - October 2016

Hurricane Matthew, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent years, is causing havoc as it tears through the Caribbean. It has affected 16 countries in the Caribbean so far.

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 Hurricane Matthew - October 2016.

Hurricane Matthew

On this photo, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in southwestern Haiti. A few hours later, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite acquired this natural-colour image. (Credit: NASA/Joshua Stevens)

Flood in Louisiana - August 2016

More than 30,000 people have been rescued following massive floods that swept across Louisiana. The flooding has killed at least eight people since the heavy rainfall started on August 12.

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 Flood in Louisiana - August 2016.

Credit: U.S. Coast Guard/DVIDS

Flood in Sudan - The CSA is delivering satellite imagery to support emergency response efforts - August 2016

Heavy rainfall has resulted in flash floods in 13 of 18 states across Sudan. According to officials, 76 people have been killed and approximately 80 000 people have been affected by this unfortunate event.

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 Flood in Sudan - August 2016.

Suburb in Kassala, Sudan. (Credit: Bertramz)

500th Activation of the International Charter Space & Major Disasters - August 2016

On August 1, 2016, the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' was activated in response to flooding in Bangladesh. This marks the 500th activation of the Charter since it became operational in November 2000. The Charter will continue to provide space-based data and information in support of response efforts during emergencies caused by major disasters worldwide.

As part of its participation in the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters," the Canadian Space Agency has provided RADARSAT-2 satellite imagery to mitigate the effects of this natural disaster. The images will give precious information to help local authorities dispatch help where it is most needed.

Information about all Charter activations.

500th Activation of the International Charter Space & Major Disasters

Credit: International Charter Space & Major Disasters

Floods in Sri Lanka - May 2016

Torrential rains in Sri Lanka have resulted in severe flooding and landslides, leaving 84 dead and forcing hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate.

As part of its participation in the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters," the Canadian Space Agency has provided RADARSAT-2 satellite imagery to mitigate the effects of this natural disaster. More information about the Floods in Sri Lanka - May 2016.

Floods in Sri Lanka

Credit: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2016)

Forest Fires in Fort McMurray - May 2016

The International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" has been activated in response to the two wild fires burning in the Fort McMurray area. Images from several satellites, including RADARSAT-2, are being provided to support emergency response efforts. More information on Forest Fires in Fort McMurray - May 2016.

Forest Fires in Fort McMurray - May 2016

Credit: Ryan Smith

Image showing the fire spreading in Fort McMurray, Alberta

Go to the Natural Resources Canada website to see an animation of the fires spreading in Fort McMurray, Alberta. (Credit: Natural Resources Canada)

Forest Fires in Panama - April 2016

Forest fires burned for weeks in the Darién province of Panama in April, requiring local authorities to seek help from national and international organizations.

Through the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters", the Canadian Space Agency provided four RADARSAT-2 satellite images to help Panama evaluate the extent of the damage caused by the forest fires. More information on Forest Fires in Panama - April 2016.

Forest Fires in Panama - April 2016

Credit: U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

Cyclone Fantala in the Seychelles - Avril 2016

Cyclone Fantala passed over Farquhar Atoll in the Seychelles on April 17, causing severe damage. It is the most powerful cyclone ever recorded in the Indian Ocean, hovering between categories 4 and 5 from April 15 to 18.

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 on Cyclone Fantala in the Seychelles - April 2016.

Cyclone Fantala in the Seychelles

Credit: LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response/Jeff Schmaltz

Flooding in Iran - April 2016

Western and southwestern parts of Iran are suffering major flooding following days of heavy rain. Over 2500 people have been evacuated from several provinces.

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 on the Flooding in Iran – April 2016.

Flooding in Argentina - April 2016

A week of heavy rain has caused flooding in four provinces of Argentina, affecting thousands of people. It is believed that the weather is the result of the El Niño effect, and months' worth of rain fell in a matter of days.

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 on the Flooding in Argentina – April 2016.

Flood in Argentina

Credit: Municipalidad de La Paz

Flood in the United States - March 2016

Days of heavy rainfall in the southern United States have caused record levels of flooding, stretching from Tennessee to Texas. Thousands of people have been affected by the disaster and the rain is expected to continue for several more days. It is the result of a slow-moving storm that is passing over the region, bringing heavy rain, wind and hail.

As part of its participation in the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters," the Canadian Space Agency provided RADARSAT-2 satellite imagery to mitigate the effects of this natural disaster. More information. More information on the Flood in the United States.

Flood in the United States

Credit: U.S. Army National Guard

Cyclone Winston in Fiji - February 2016

Cyclone Winston hit Fiji on February 20, leaving at least 21 dead and destroying hundreds of homes. It is the worst cyclone to affect Fiji in decades and one of the most powerful storms in the southern hemisphere in recorded history.

As part of its participation in the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters," the Canadian Space Agency provided two RADARSAT-2 satellite images to mitigate the effects of this natural disaster. More information on the Cyclone Winston in Fiji.

Cyclone Winston in Fiji

Credit: Royal New Zealand Air Force

Satellite detected waters in Savu area, Naitasiri province, Central division, Fiji

Credit: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2016) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency

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