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Space and Development…Increasing Access to Space in Africa

The Southern Africa Floods

Posted by Simon Adebola on April 9, 2009

The Zambezi river has been reported to have risen to its highest level in 40 years following the 2009 rainy season. The extensive flooding has displaced tens of thousands in Namibia, Mozambique, Angola, Botswana and Zambia and left over a hundred dead.

The UNOSAT have 28 maps on their website and the NASA Earth Observatory has provided a snapshot image of the Zambezi flooding around Namibia.

The use of EO images for decision support for relief activities is very important. UNOSAT’s activities in producing damage assessment maps has been a major contribution as part of their activities in humanitarian relief within the UN system and in support of the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters”. These images could guide the deployment of relief aid by supporting logistics, emergency services for health, food, and care of internally displaced persons. They can also support the commencement of early recovery efforts.

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