International Charter activated for flooding in northern India

Damages caused by floods in North India (Image: European Commission)

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated to support response efforts in Jammu and Kashmir State with satellite-based maps. The region is experiencing flooding and resulting landslides following several days of heavy rain. 

16 people were killed after an unpredictable landslide crushed two houses in Chadoora. In the affected area several hundred people have been evacuated, inhabitants of the less dangerous regions have been advised to move to higher ground until the situation ends. The rain already stopped and the flood waters have started receding, but since forecasts suggest there maybe more rain in the near future, the situation is not yet over.

The mechanism was triggered by the Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO. The project management of the activation will be handled by India's National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC). The maps will be made available on the International Charter's website as soon as possible.

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