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Flood in Malawi

Thursday, 08 January 2015

Type of Event:
Floods
Location of Event:
Malawi
Date of Charter Activation:
08 January 2015
Time of Charter Activation:
16:26:00
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+01:00
Charter Requestor:
Department of Disaster Management Affairs of Malawi
Project Management:
DLR

Description of the event

Ongoing torrential weather has been causing flooding in Malawi throughout January 2015.

It's estimated that 75,000 people have been forced from their homes by the disaster, and at least fifty have died.

The flooding has impacted half of Malawi; 15 of the nation's 28 districts. Malawi's president has declared a national state of disaster and appealed for aid from other countries, stating that the scale of the flooding was more than they could manage alone.

The disaster has also taken a toll on Malawi's crops, damaging or destroying fields with the rising flood waters. Malawi is dependent on their agriculture and there are concerns for the nation's future food supply following this disaster.

Some communities have also been left isolated by the flooding, as the flood waters have cut off access to roads and railway lines.

Lower Shire Floods in Nsanje, Malawi

Source: RADARSAT-2
Acquired: 13/01/2015

Copyright: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2015) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Map produced by Malawi Department of Surveys, Ministry of Lands

Lower Shire Floods in Chikwawa, Malawi

Source: RADARSAT-2
Acquired: 13/01/2015

Copyright: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2015) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Map produced by Malawi Department of Surveys, Ministry of Lands

Detail map - Flood situation in Bangula, Malawi

Source: RADARSAT-2 / Landsat-8
Acquired: RADARSAT-2: 13/01/2015
Landsat-8: 13/12/2014

Copyright: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2015) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Landsat-8 data and products © USGS (2015) - All rights reserved
Map produced by DLR/ZKI

Monitoring map - Flood situation in southern region of Malawi

Source: RADARSAT-2 / TerraSAR-X / Landsat-8
Acquired: RADARSAT-2: 13/01/2015
TerraSAR-X: 10/01/2015
Landsat-8: 13/12/2014

Copyright: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2015) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
TerraSAR-X © German Aerospace Center (DLR), 2015 Airbus Defence and Space / Infoterra GmbH
Landsat-8 data and products © USGS (2015) - All rights reserved
Map produced by DLR/ZKI

Overview map - Flood situation in southern region of Malawi

Source: TerraSAR-X / Landsat-8
Acquired: TerraSAR-X: 10/01/2015
Landsat-8: 13/12/2014

Copyright: TerraSAR-X © German Aerospace Center (DLR), 2015 Airbus Defence and Space / Infoterra GmbH
Landsat-8 data and products © USGS (2015) - All rights reserved
Map produced by DLR/ZKI