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Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Type of Event:
Ocean Storm - Hurricane
Location of Event:
Caribbean
Date of Charter Activation:
2017-09-19
Time of Charter Activation:
00:30
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+02:00
Charter Requestor:
UNITAR-UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA / FCSS
Activation ID:
552
Project Management:
UNITAR/UNOSAT

Description of the event

Hurricane Maria, a Category Five storm, is moving through the Caribbean Islands. The storm follows in the wake of Hurricane Irma and has affected some of the same countries, with devastating results to some of the islands.

Category 5 is the highest grade on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, and indicates a storm that could cause catastrophic damage.

Maria made landfall in Dominica on 19 September with the giant storm totally engulfing the island. It left 15 dead, and authorities have reported devastation to the island with estimates indicating that as many as 90% of the buildings on the island suffered some damage. Reports indicate that some villages are isolated due to the floods, and can only be reached by helicopters or boats.

The unexpected arrival of Hurricane Maria, so soon after Irma, affected relief supplies set aside in Dominica. The country had avoided major damage from the storm, and so shared relief supplies with their worst-affected neighbours in the Caribbean.

The powerful storm has also affected Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and a state of emergency was declared in the Antilles Islands.

Damage assessment in St. Andrew and St. David, Dominica

Source: Pleiades / WorldView-2 / KOMPSAT-3
Acquired: Pleiades: 20/09/2017, 21/09/2017 and 23/09/2017
WorldView-2/3: 22/09/2017 and 23/09/2017
KOMPSAT-3: 05/05/2015

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
WorldView-2/3 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
KOMPSAT-3 © KARI 2017
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment in St. Patrick, St. Mark, St. George, St. Luke, St. David & St. Paul Parishes, Dominica

Source: Pleiades / WorldView-2 / KOMPSAT-3
Acquired: Pleiades: 20/09/2017 and 23/09/2017
WorldView-2: 22/09/2017
KOMPSAT-3: 05/05/2015

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
KOMPSAT-3 © KARI 2017
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment in St. Patrick and St. David Parishes, Dominica

Source: Pleiades / WorldView-2 / KOMPSAT-3
Acquired: Pleiades: 20/09/2017 and 23/09/2017
WorldView-2: 22/09/2017
KOMPSAT-3: 05/05/2015

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
KOMPSAT-3 © KARI 2017
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment in St. Andrew, St. Joseph and St. David Parishes, Dominica

Source: Pleiades / WorldView-3 / KOMPSAT-3
Acquired: Pleiades: 23/09/2017
WorldView-3: 01/10/2017
KOMPSAT-3: 05/05/2015

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
WorldView-3 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
KOMPSAT-3 © KARI 2017
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage Density in St. Luke, St. Mark, St. Georges and St. Patrick Parishes, Dominica

Source: Pleiades / KOMPSAT-3
Acquired: KOMPSAT-3: 05/05/2015
Pleiades: 20/09/2017 and 23/09/2017

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
KOMPSAT-3 © KARI 2017
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment in St. Luke, St. Mark, St. Georges and St. Patrick Parishes, Dominica

Source: Pleiades / KOMPSAT-3
Acquired: KOMPSAT-3: 05/05/2015
Pleiades: 20/09/2017 and 23/09/2017

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
KOMPSAT-3 © KARI 2017
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment in Southern Dominica

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 23/09/2017

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Comparison of Dominica before and after Hurricane Maria

Source: Resurs-P
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 25/01/2017
Post-disaster: 21/09/2017

Copyright: Resurs-P © ROSCOSMOS (2017) - All rights reserved
Map produced by ROSCOSMOS

Damage assessment in Pointe Michel, Saint Luke Parish, Dominica

Source: Pleiades / KOMPSAT-3
Acquired: Pleiades: 23/09/2017
KOMPSAT-3: 05/05/2015

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
KOMPSAT-3 © KARI
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment in South Roseau, Saint Georges Parish, Dominica

Source: Pleiades / KOMPSAT-3
Acquired: Pleiades: 21/09/2017
KOMPSAT-3: 05/05/2015

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
KOMPSAT-3 © KARI
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment in Saint John Parish of Portsmouth, Dominica

Source: Pleiades / KOMPSAT-3
Acquired: Pleiades: 20/09/2017
KOMPSAT-3: 05/05/2015

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
KOMPSAT-3 © KARI
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT