On 16 August 2013, the China Meteorological Administration requested to activate the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters, after rain-triggered flooding had destroyed many roads and power facilities, affecting more than 2 million people in the provinces of Heilongjiang and Jilin as well as the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
The International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated for Germany in order to provide current satellite information for the floods in Saxony and Bavaria. Torrential rainfall in the South of Germany had caused rapid increase of river levels over the weekend.
A worldwide review of global rainfall data led by the University of Adelaide has found that the intensity of the most extreme rainfall events is increasing across the globe as temperatures rise.
In the most comprehensive review of changes to extreme rainfall ever undertaken, researchers evaluated the association between extreme rainfall and atmospheric temperatures at more than 8000 weather gauging stations around the world.
Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) - host of one of UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Offices - conducted a five-day training/workshop on “Flood Risk Mapping Using Spatial Technologies” from 5 to 10 December, 2012.
Heavy rain swept across the UK over the weekend of 22 and 23 December. This resulted in flooding across the country, particularly affecting south-west England and Wales. The activation of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" was requested on 21 December 2012 with the Environment Agency (of England and Wales) being the project manager.
The International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" was activated on 27 November 2012 by the Environment Agency of England and Wales, after widespread floods had hit a number of regions. Among the affected areas are: Somerset levels, Oxford, Tewkesbury, Darlington to York, Nene Washlands, and Nottingham. Approximately 1,800 properties have flooded since last Wednesday, while flood defences have protected more than 54,000 homes. Over 106,000 properties have been sent a flood warning.