International satellites supporting disaster management - 2016
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. RADARSAT-2 imagery, and soon that of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM), regularly provides support to rescue teams on the ground. Armed quickly with reliable and accurate information, response teams are better equipped to save lives and limit damage to property, infrastructure and the environment.
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.
More information about the Flooding in Costa Rica – November 2016.
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.
More information about the Flood in Panama - November 2016.
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.
More information about the Hurricane Matthew - October 2016.
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.
More information about the Flood in Louisiana - August 2016.
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.
More information about the Flood in Sudan - August 2016.
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.
The images will give precious information to help local authorities dispatch help where it is most needed.
Information about all Charter activations.
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.
More information about the Floods in Sri Lanka - May 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 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.
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.
More information on Cyclone Fantala in the Seychelles - April 2016.
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.
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.
More information on the Flooding in Argentina – April 2016.
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.
More information on the Flood in the United States.
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.
More information on the Cyclone Winston in Fiji.
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