The International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” has been activated for floods in Venezuela on 15 August and in India on 16 August.
Floods in Venezuela
In Venezuela, persistent heavy rain and swollen rivers have caused severe flooding, which has affected over 10,000 people in the Venezuelan provinces of Amazonas, Apure, Bolivar and Anzoategui. The Orinoco river reached its highest levels in 40 years, leading the river to burst its banks in my places. Local authorities have set up an aerial bridge over the river so supplies of food, medicine and aid can reach the affected populations. Major arterial roads have also been closed, isolating some areas and further hampering emergency response efforts.
The red alert for rain and flooding is set to be in place until the end of August, with further rain forecast in the coming weeks.
The Charter activation was made by Venezuelan civil protection...more