International Charter: Space and Major Disasters

International Charter activated for forest fire in Chile

Satellite picture of fire in Valparaiso (Image: NASA)

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on 14 March 2015 for a forest fire in Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, Chile. The mechanism was activated by the National Emergency Office of the Ministry of Interior and Public Security of Chile (ONEMI) to receive satellite-based emergency information and maps.

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Wed, 18/03/2015 - 11:40

KARI takes over chairmanship of the International Charter for six-month period

The Korean Aerospace Research Institute KARI has taken over the chairmanship of the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters for a six-months period until April 2015, as the International Charter recently announced on their website. KARI took over from the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

The chairmanship of the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters rotates between member organizations ever six months. Additionally to CNSA, the most recent chairs were the Argentinian space agency, CONAE, and the German Aerospace Center, DLR.

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Thu, 25/12/2014 - 08:36

International Charter: Space and Major Disasters - 2013 Report now available

Latest International Charter's Report now available

The latest Annual Report of the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters covering 2013 is now available.

The International Charter's activities of 2013 include 38 activations for disaster management in 28 countries. Also, the report highlights the two newest International Charter members EUMETSAT and ROSCOSMOS provision of valuable resources that have been deployed in various operations during the past months. 

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Wed, 15/10/2014 - 09:52

India: International Charter activated for flood

MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite observed severe floods in Northern India an Nepal

On 18 August 2014 the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated for floods in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, at the request of NRSC / ISRO in order to provide space-based product.

Heavy rains in the Himalayas have triggered flooding in many parts of India with up to 1500 villages affected, a death toll of over 60 and many more people missing. Major rivers and tributaries in the area have risen to dangerous levels, triggering an unprecedented flood situation.

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Wed, 20/08/2014 - 11:59

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Panama: International Charter activated for flood

Heavy rains in Central America in November 2010

On 18 August 2014 the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated for floods and landslides in the Republic of Panama at the request of the USGS on behalf of SINAPROC / Chiriqui Province / Municipality of Tierra Alta.

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Wed, 20/08/2014 - 11:37

International Charter: Latest newsletter available

Charter Board & Executive Secretariat members in Beijing, China on 16 April 2014

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters published its 9th newsletter on 28 July 2014.

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Thu, 14/08/2014 - 11:36

Sudan: International Charter activated for flood

MODIS instrument showing unusually extreme floods in Khartoum in 2007

On 5 August 2014 the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated for floods in Sudan at the request of the UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA. The mechanism will provide space-based maps of the affected area.

Flood, caused by several weeks of heavy rain, has caused 20 casualties and made 6,000 individuals homeless, as 3,000 houses were destroyed and more than 2,000 affected.

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Thu, 07/08/2014 - 14:13

Brazil: International Charter activated for flooding in Rio grande do Sul

Aerial view of Rio grande do Sul during a previous flood occurred in 2009

On 4 July 2014, the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated at the request of the Brazilian Disaster Risk Management National Centre (CENAD) in order to provide satellite-based maps in response to flooding caused by torrential rainfall which had started on 26 June.

Two people have died, an estimated 16,000 people have been evacuated and 150 cities have been affected by the flood events. The state of emergency was declared on 4 July. The same region had already been flooded in mid June. Both events are probably linked to the El Nino phenomena.

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Tue, 08/07/2014 - 14:50

International Charter activated in Australia due to a tropical Cyclone

satellite image of cyclone Eta at its strongest

International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on 11 April. Geoscience Australia requested the activation because of the expected Cyclone Ita. 

The Cyclone caused flooding in the Solomon Islands, as UN-SPIDER reported, on its way to Australia. The forecast was for it to bring powerful winds and heavy rain also to the Australian coast. More than 30,000 residents of the Coast cities have been evacuate in advance.

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Wed, 16/04/2014 - 12:06

Bolivia: International Charter activated for rainfall, floods, and landslides

satellite image of floods in Bolivia

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated yesterday, on request of UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA, due to heavy rainfall, floods, and landslides in the departments of La Paz, Beni and Pando, Bolivia.

Almost 40 people have been killed and hundreds of homes affected due to extensive rainfall since the end of January. The Bolivian authorities assume that more than 50,000 people have been affected.

21,000 people have lost their homes and are being placed in evacuation centers at the moment. Over 6000 hectares of crops have been destroyed.

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Thu, 13/02/2014 - 10:17

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