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Flood in north region of Brazil

Friday, 21 March 2014

Type of Event:
Flood
Location of Event:
North region of Brazil
Date of Charter Activation:
21 March 2014
Charter Requestor:
Brazilian Disaster and Risk Management National Centre (CENAD)
Project Management:
INPE

Description of the event

Heavy rain in the northern regions of Brazil have resulted in flooding along the Madeira River since February 2014. Thousands of people have been evacuated, and the flooding is gradually growing worse as the water levels rise.

The Madeira River is a tributary of the Amazon River and the flooding is located in Rondonia, a state in northern Brazil on the border with Bolivia (which is also suffering from flooding). Water levels have risen to record levels as of 19 March, reaching 19 metres above the normal level, and it is forecast that it will continue to rise until the end of the month.

A state of emergency was declared in February and 22,000 homes have been evacuated in the area. Many villages along the river were flooded and roads inundated by the flood waters. It is estimated that the affected areas stretch from Porto Velho to Mutum-Parana. No casualties have been reported and this has been attributed to the quick evacuation of the area.

Flood map covering the town of Jaci Paraná, Rondônia District

Source: Ikonos 2 / Landsat-7
Acquired: Ikonos 2: 16/07/2011
Landsat-7: 07/04/2014

Copyright: Ikonos 2: Copyright © 2001-2013 DigitalGlobe
Landsat-7 data and products © USGS (2014) - All rights reserved
Map produced by INPE

Flood map covering Porto Velho, Rondônia District

Source: Landsat-8
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 27/08/2013
Post-disaster: 08/04/2014

Copyright: Landsat-8 data and products © USGS (2014) - All rights reserved
Map produced by INPE

Flood in Porto Velho, Mutum-Paraná district

Source: WorldView-2 / CBERS-2B
Acquired: WorldView-2: 28/03/2014
CBERS-2B: 04/09/2009

Copyright: WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe 2014
CBERS-2B © INPE
Map produced by INPE

Flood map covering Porto Velho, Rondônia District

Source: TerraSAR-X / Pleiades
Acquired: TerraSAR-X: 24/03/2014
Pleiades: 29/03/2014

Copyright: TerraSAR-X © German Aerospace Center (DLR), 2014 Airbus Defence and Space / Infoterra GmbH
Pleiades © CNES 2014 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by INPE

Flood map covering Madeira River at Porto Velho, Rondônia District

Source: RISAT-1 / Landsat-8
Acquired: RISAT-1: 25/03/2014
Landsat-8: 27/08/2013

Copyright: RISAT-1 data and products © NRSC (2014) - All rights reserved
Landsat-8 data and products © USGS (2013) - All rights reserved
Map produced by INPE

Flood map covering the town of Jaci Paraná, Rondônia District

Source: Ikonos 2 / RADARSAT-2
Acquired: Ikonos 2: 16/07/2011
RADARSAT-2: 25/03/2014

Copyright: Ikonos 2: Copyright © 2001-2013 DigitalGlobe
RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2014) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Map produced by INPE

Flood map covering the town of Porto Velho, Mutum-Parana District

Source: Ikonos 2 / TerraSAR-X
Acquired: Ikonos 2: 25/05/2011
TerraSAR-X: 23/03/2014

Copyright: Ikonos 2: Copyright © 2001-2013 DigitalGlobe
TerraSAR-X: © German Aerospace Center (DLR), 2014 Airbus Defence and Space / Infoterra GmbH
Map produced by INPE