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Floods in Israel

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Type of Event:
Floods
Location of Event:
Israel
Date of Charter Activation:
10 January 2013
Charter Requestor:
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) on behalf of UNOCHA, Pt Jerusalem Office
Project Management:
CSA

Description of the event

After heavy rains, a deadly snow storm has hit parts of Israel, Palestine and Jordon causing power outages, structural and agricultural damage and death.

Since Thursday, at least 4inches (10cm) of snow has fallen in Jordan. Thousands of people are living in refugee camps due to freezing weather conditions.

Reportedly, two fatalities occurred in Lebanon during a flash flood. At least 46 people have been injured in road accidents across Jordan.

Several roads and schools have also been closed. Rescue efforts are on-going in the worst affected areas. The authorities are working alongside the army to help and rescue those severely stranded.

Middle Eastern Meteorological officials claim this disaster to be the worst storm to hit the region in 10 years.

The flooded area was estimated from two Terra-SAR-X StripMode scenes with VV polarisation at 3 m resolution

Source: TerraSAR-X
Acquired: Terra-SAR-X: 15/01/2013 & 14/06/2010
Map produced by Space Research Institute NASU-SSAU (UN-SPIDER RSO in Ukraine)

Copyright: TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X 2013 / German Aerospace Centre (DLR) 2013 / Astrium Services / Infoterra GmbH

The flooded area was estimated from two Terra-SAR-X StripMode scenes with VV polarisation at 3 m resolution

Source: TerraSAR-X
Acquired: Terra-SAR-X: 15/01/2013 & 14/06/2010
Map produced by Space Research Institute NASU-SSAU (UN-SPIDER RSO in Ukraine)

Copyright: TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X 2013 / German Aerospace Centre (DLR) 2013 / Astrium Services / Infoterra GmbH