Floods in France: International Charter activated

Several people have died after torrential rains and subsequent floods in southern France on 17 and 18 September 2014. The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on 18 September by Direction Générale de la Sécurité Civile et de la Gestion des Crises (COGIC) in order to obtain satellite-based maps of the flood and its impacts. SERTIT will be the Project Manager for this activation.

The International Charter reported: "Rescue workers in the region, including firefighters and police, are working to help the victims and provide support. An orange alert has been issued for more rain on 19 September, however, which weather forecasters predict may bring more floods."

The satellite image products will be published on the International Charter's website as soon as they become available.