International Charter activated for Russian floods

Damage assessment map of Krasnodar region in Russia, July 2012
Credit: CNES 2012 - Distribution: Astrium Services / Spot Image S.A., all rights reserved Map produced by SERTIT

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.

On 21 August 2012, in the evening, torrential rains in the region of Krasnodar caused a local river to burst its banks, killing four people according to officials later confirmation. Since the flash floods, 1,500 people have been evacuated from the Novomikhailovsky area, 600 houses have been flooded and more than 11,000 people are without electrical power. This happened just few weeks after the flash floods that killed 171 people in the same province during the past month of July.