International Charter Space and Major Disasters

El Salvador, Guatemala and Uruguay taking steps to become Authorised Users of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters

Staff of the NEOC of SE-CONRED of Guatemala during the simulation

The Secretariat of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters is working with selected institutions in El Salvador, Guatemala, Uruguay and other countries in Latin America to engage them as Authorised Users so that in the future, these institutions may request the activation of the Charter in case of large disasters.   This effort has been facilitated by the National Commission for Space Activities of Argentina (CONAE) and UN-SPIDER, and has benefitted from the support provided by the German

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Fire in Canada, the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters activated

Fort McMurray Fires, Alberta, Canada. Image courtesy of NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

A destructive wildfire burned through Canada’s Northern Alberta region, destroying neighborhoods in Fort McMurray and displacing nearly 90,000 people.  The fire began on the 1st of May and the exact cause is still unknown. High temperatures and strong winds pushed it north-east two days later. Despite the work of more than 500 firefighters, by the 8th of May the fire had burnt 1,610 square kilometers of forest. By the 24th, the fire was still not extinguished but it had not grown either.

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Sri Lanka Landslides and Torrential Rains due to Tropical Storm Roanu

Image courtesy of NASA/JAXA/SSAI, Hal Pierce

On 18 May 2016, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its associated agencies captured Global

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International Charter activated for floods in Iraq and dam collapse in Brazil

On 5 November 2015 a dam collapsed near Bento Rodrigues, spilling liquid waste into the city (Image:Google).

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has been activated to provide satellite-based

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International Charter activated for Cyclone Chapala in Yemen

Cyclone Chapala over the Gulf of Aden (Image: NASA).
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International Charter activated for floods and landslides in Turkey

Floods were reported along the Çoruh Nehri river (Image: Evgeny Genkin)

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters has been triggered to provide satellite-based 

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International Charter activated for wildfires in Siberian district, Russia

Wildfires over the same Siberian area occurred in 2008 (Image: NASA)

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters has been triggered to provide satellite-based 

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CONAE: satellite data to mitigate flooding in Buenos Aires province

Satellite image of the flood in Buenos Aires province (Image: CONAE)

The Argentinean Space Agency (CONAE), UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office, has provided satellite data to monitor major flooding caused by the overflow of the Areco and Luján rivers in the province of Buenos Aires.

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International Charter activated for floods in Myanmar

Heavy monsoon rains have caused floods and landslides in Myanmar (Source: UNICEF)

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on Wednesday, 5 August, due to floods caused by torrential monsoon rains in 12 of the 14 states of Myanmar, particularly in Chin, Magway, Sagaing and Rakhine areas. UNITAR-UNOSAT sent the request to activate the mechanism on behalf of UNDP Myanmar.

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International Charter activated for flooding in northern Vietnam

Heavy rainfall in Vietnam between October and November 2008 (Image: NASA)

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated for flooding in Vietnam on 30 July at 16:00 (UTC+02:00). The mechanism was triggered by UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UN ESCAP.

The torrential rain that the northern area of Vietnam has experienced, the heaviest in forty years, started on 26 July and has caused the inundation of thousands of homes and left at least 17 dead.  

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