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Floods in Senegal and Mauritania

Wednesday, 02 September 2009

Type of Event:
Floods
Location of Event:
Senegal and Mauritania
Date of Charter Activation:
02/09/2009
Charter Requestor:
UNOOSA on behalf of OCHA/ROWA;
UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNICEF
Project Management:
ESA in collaboration with UNOSAT

Description of the event

Heavy rains have caused floods in Dakar and other areas of Senegal. According to officials, a number of deaths were reported so far and houses and roads have been destroyed by floods.
Heavy rainfall also caused severe flooding in the south-eastern Mauritanian city of Rosso, near the Senegal River, since 3 September. Areas around Nouakchott are also affected by flooding and according to officials, 1 death was reported so far and more than 3,500 people left homeless.

Overview of Flooding in Rosso, Mauritania

Source: Radarsat-2 / 1, SPOT-5
Acquired: 10/09/2009 / 06/04/1999, 10/11/2008

Copyright: Canadian Space Agency, SPOT Image 2009
Map produced by UNITAR / UNOSAT

Flood affected areas in central Dakar, Senegal

Source: Radarsat-2, SPOT5
Acquired: 04/09/2009, 11/05/2009

Copyright: Canadian Space Agency, SPOT Image 2009
Map produced by UNITAR / UNOSAT