International Charter activated for floods in Indonesia

Jakarta, Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) image
Credit: ESA 2004

Heavy seasonal rain swept across Indonesia during the days between 17 and 19 January 2013. Subsequently, Indonesia's capital Jakarta has been affected by heavy floods.

On 30 January, 2013 the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" was activated for inundations in the city. The mechanism was triggered by USGS on behalf of BPPT Indonesia to provide space data of the affected areas.

An estimated 50% of the city has been inundated, with flood waters almost rising as high as four meters in some areas. Thousands of people have been evacuated. At least 15 people were reported killed, and a state of emergency was declared. The inundation has resulted in many roads being blocked and residential and commercial properties closed.