The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters has been activated three times in the past two days to provide satellite imagery and maps regarding floods in Niger, Senegal and Nigeria.
Normally used to spot where people live, satellite images of night-time lights can help keep tabs on the diseases festering among them, too, according to new research.
The Regional Centre for training in Aerospace Surveys was created in 1972 under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) with a mandate for Training, Research, Consultancy and
Intense rains in northern Air Mountains and desert towns affected 7,000 households, damaged 3,500 homes in the commune of Agadez.
187 homes destroyed in Moa village in southeast region of Zinder; government and MSF distributing relief supplies
Across 7 West African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d?Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Togo) there have been 38 cases of wild polio reported in 2008 and an additional 13 cases so far in 2009.
An outbreak of meningitis has occurred in Niger and claimed the lives of vulnerable populations.
Meningococcal disease, 139 killed and 3440 affected persons
Source : Emdat
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