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Flood in Cotonou Benin

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Type of Event:
Location of Event:
Cotonou, Benin Republic
Date of Charter Activation:
Charter Requestor:
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) on behalf of the United Nations Office for The Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Regional Office for West Africa(ROWA)
Project Management:

Description of the event

More than 30,000 people are currently homeless in Benin and at least 7,000 hectares of crops are destroyed as a result of flooding. The most affected areas are So-Ava, Cotonou (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 9th Arrondissements)Karimana communities.

Indeed unusually heavy rainfall during this rainy season with more forecasted over the next 3 days, the waters of the River Niger and the Ouémé River experienced unusually rapid rise, overflowing their banks to cause flooding in most parts of the country.

Red shading indicating increase in flood between 25/09/2010 and 18/10/2010

Source: Envisat ASAR
Acquired: September - October 2010

Copyright: ESA, PDC

Highlighted areas showing areas increase in flooding between October 12-16. Flood in Cotonou, Benin

Source: Radarsat-2
Acquired: October 2010

Copyright: PDC, CSA-ASC

Flood in Cotonou, Benin

Source: (Tropical Rainfall Monitoring Mission) TRIMM
Acquired: 15/10/2010


Flood in Cotonou, Benin

Source: Radarsat-1 and Radarsat-2
Acquired: Radarsat-1: 03/2000 Radarsat-2: 12/10/2010

Copyright: PDC, CSA-ASC