International Charter activated for floods in Senegal

Damage assessment map of floods in Dakar, Senegal, September 2009
Credit: Canadian Space Agency, SPOT Image 2009 Map produced by UNITAR / UNOSAT

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated on Sunday 26 of August 2012 in the region of Diourbel, Senegal. The charter was activated by UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA-ROWCA.

On August 26, 6 people died after torrential rains flooded the Senegalese capital of Dakar. The situation is considered to be catastrophic and the Ministry of the Interior claim that the city’s drainage system failed to cope under the pressure of the gushing water. Senegal’s seaside area is prone for flooding, specially low-lying suburbs which are built on wetlands.