Germany: International Charter activated for Floods

Floods in Saxony in 2008

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 state of emergency has been declared in the cities of Passau and Rosenheim. The Bavaria flood alert service forecasts heavy rains to worsen, affecting the Danube and Inn rivers. Other affected states are Saxony, Thuringia and Baden-Wuerttemberg. Emergency and rescue efforts are under way, and the army has been deployed to support flood affected areas after reaching record levels of flooding.

The German Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) and the German Joint Information and Situation Centre (GMLZ) are the requestors of the activation, the project management will be carried out by DLR's Centre for Satellite-based Crisis Information (ZKI)

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