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Flood in West Africa / Nigeria (Bayelsa State)

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Type of Event:
Flood
Location of Event:
West Africa / Nigeria (Bayelsa State)
Date of Charter Activation:
10 October 2012
Charter Requestor:
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
Project Management:
Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Survey

Description of the event

The flood situation in Nigeria, now reported as being at crisis proportions, has also affected Bayelsa State. Virtually all of the communities along the Niger and Benue Rivers have been flooded, and some have been submerged.

Bayelsa State is located on the coast of Nigeria, where the rivers empty out into the ocean, and the natural terrain in the area is flat and swamp-land. 

The flooding in Nigeria has been reported as the worst in 50 years, and though artificial barriers and precautions were in place in Bayelsa State, the flood waters have overwhelmed them. Thousands of people have been left homeless, with both residential and public buildings destroyed. The flood waters have cut off roads to some communities and agriculture has been ravaged by the flood waters, leading to concerns of potential starvation next year. 

The local population continue to struggle with the situation, displaced from their homes and at risk from disease in some of the worst affected areas. Relief camps have been set up in the Sagbama and Odi communities. 

Flooding of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State

Source: RADARSAT-2
SPOT-5
Acquired: SPOT-5: 29/11/2009
RADARSAT-2: 16/10/2012

Copyright: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2012) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Spot Image
Map produced by Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Survey (RECTAS)

This map illustrates satellite-detected standing waters in Rivers State, Nigeria.

Source: RADARSAT-2
Envisat - ASAR data
Acquired: Envisat: 30/05/2009
RADARSAT-2: 16/10/2012

Copyright: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2012) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
European Space Agency (ESA)
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT