The International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated on 12 May 2012 by the China National Committee for Disaster Reduction for major floods in Gansu Province. Hail and torrential rain, on 11th May, have caused flooding in Minxian County, Gansu Province. The storms have affected towns and villages, leading to widespread evacuations and destruction of homes and the loss of crops. The disaster has affected an estimated 404,900 people.
Heavy rain, which began in March, has caused the Pilcomayo river in Paraguay to overflow; resulting in flooding throughout the country. An estimated 13,000 families have been isolated due to the floods. The main affected areas are: Puerto Casedo, Pinasco (North of the Country), Villa Choferes del Chaco, Tte. Manuel Irala Fernandez, Cruce Pioneros (Central area of the country) and Teniente Esteban Martinez, Cacique Sapo (South of the country).
The International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated by Sistema Federal de Emergencias (SIFEM) on 30 April 2012.
BANGKOK, 11 October 2011 (IRIN) - As residents across flood-ravaged Southeast Asia look up to the skies and brace for more rain, satellites 35,800km away are looking down on them.
Space technology has become a critical tool in protecting people from disasters in countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, where more than 6.5 million people have been affected by recent flooding and at least 500 have died.
The Charter has developed a geographic tool in order to display footprints and characteristics of satellitedata provided in the frame of each activation. This catalogue contains no data but rather metadata describing the images acquired by a range of satellites during Charter activations.
Within 24 hours of the catastrophic 2010 earthquake near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, space agencies and companies around the world tasked satellites with providing free images of the earthquake’s aftermath. Experts quickly analyzed and interpreted images taken from space, mapping out essential information for rescue workers on the ground: areas with many damaged buildings, roads likely closed by debris.