The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated twice in the context of Hurricane Sandy - the largest Atlantic tropical storm system on record. UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA activated the mechanism on 29 October 2012 for Haiti. Hurricane Sandy tore through the Caribbean between 26-28 October, leaving a reported 51 dead in Haiti and another 15 missing.
UN-SPIDER, upon the request of its National Focal Point in Cameroon, requested support through its network to acquire satellite imagery of the Kousseri area, Logone et Chari district, in the far North of Cameroon. The region is experiencing serious floods leaving tens of thousands of people homeless and causing heavy damages.
On 18 September 2012, the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated for floods in Pakistan. Torrential rain, which began on 5 September, had caused flash floods in Pakistan leaving an estimated one million people homeless. Over 100 people have been reported killed in the floods, and many homes and properties have been inundated. Agriculture has also suffered due to the flood waters, washing away crops and livestock. Relief efforts are under-way, but local efforts are hard-pressed to cope with the scale of the floods.
The International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated on Wednesday 22nd of August in Russia's Black Sea region. The Charter was activated by USGS on behalf of ROSCOSMOS / EMERCOM. USGS is also the Project Manager for this activation.
Established in 1994, the National Fire Authority assumed responsibilities to provide fire services for the entire nation of Fiji. Most of NFA's overall activities involve responding to incidents and suppressing fires. NFA responds to a variety of fire
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) will set up 14 Automatic Weather Station (AWS) within the city limits to monitor monsoon accuracy and flood-like situation. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is funding Rs 10 lakh for the project.
Climate indicators for an El Nino event in the western Pacific have eased slightly in the past fortnight, but meteorologists still expect the weather pattern in late 2012. The pattern typically brings below average rainfall for the Asia Pacific region, threatening the yields of agricultural crops, while America is often hit by wetter than average weather.