Brazil: International Charter activated for flooding in Rio grande do Sul

Aerial view of Rio grande do Sul during a previous flood occurred in 2009
Satellite view of Rio grande do Sul during a previous flood in December 2009.
Credits: NASA

On 4 July 2014, the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated at the request of the Brazilian Disaster Risk Management National Centre (CENAD) in order to provide satellite-based maps in response to flooding caused by torrential rainfall which had started on 26 June.

Two people have died, an estimated 16,000 people have been evacuated and 150 cities have been affected by the flood events. The state of emergency was declared on 4 July. The same region had already been flooded in mid June. Both events are probably linked to the El Nino phenomena.

The satellite products will be published on the International Charter's website as soon as they become available.