On 5 August 2014 the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated for floods in Sudan at the request of the UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA. The mechanism will provide space-based maps of the affected area.
Flood, caused by several weeks of heavy rain, has caused 20 casualties and made 6,000 individuals homeless, as 3,000 houses were destroyed and more than 2,000 affected.
Since July, when Sudan's rain season began, floods have affected eight of Sudan's eighteen states as well as the country's capital city, Khartoum. Rescue efforts are at work, but further rain is expected over the next few days.
Satellite-based products and maps created through the mechanism will be published on the International Charter's website as soon as they become available.