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14 March 2019

Cyclone Idai in Mozambique

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Type of Event:Ocean Storm - Cyclone
Location of Event:Mozambique
Date of Charter Activation:2019-03-14
Time of Charter Activation:22:04
Time zone of Charter Activation:UTC-03:00
Charter Requestor:CENAD
UNOSAT on behalf of IFRC
Activation ID:598
Project Management:Ministério da Integração Nacional

Tropical Cyclone Idai has brought torrential rain and flash flooding to parts of Mozambique. Over 100 people have been killed and 500,000 have been displaced. The high winds and heavy rainfall are expected to move over southern Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Storms have taken place for over a week, causing rivers - notably the Buzi River - to break their banks. The flooding has damaged power supplies and communications, leaving many people with electricity. The flooding has also affected water supplies.

With an estimated 5000 properties being submerged and large swathes of cropland destroyed, authorities have ordered mandatory evacuations of flooded and flood prone areas.

The city of Beira - capital of the Sofala province - and Buzi town have been particularly affected by the storm. Idai made landfall near Beira with winds as strong as 177 km/h and it is feared that Buzi may be entirely submerged by flood waters.

Reports indicate that the flood waters in Mozambique reach 6 metres in some areas.

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Satellite detected waters extents, as of 20 March 2019 over the Tete and Zambezia provinces, Mozambique

Source: Sentinel-1
Acquired: 25/01/2019 and 20/03/2019

Copyright: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019)
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Flood impact in Beira and Buzi, Mozambique as of 25 March

Source: ALOS-2 / Pleiades
Acquired: ALOS-2: 23/03/2019
Pleiades: 22/03/2019, 24/03/2019 and 25/03/2019

Copyright: ALOS-2: © JAXA
Pleiades © CNES (2019), Distribution Airbus DS.
Map produced by SEDEC/MDR

Flood impact in Beira, Mozambique as of 26 March

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 26/03/2019

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2019) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by SERTIT

Population and settlement exposure analysis in Mozambique after Cyclone Idai - As of 18 March 2019

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Copyright: Report produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Total flood duration in Sofala, Mozambique between 15 and 25 March 2019

Source: Sentinel-1 / Sentinel-2 / TerraSAR-X
Acquired: Sentinel-2: 02/12/2018 and 20/12/2018
Sentinel-1: 07/03/2019 - 25/03/2019
TerraSAR-X: 23/03/2019 and 24/03/2019

Copyright: Sentinel-1 and -2 © Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019)
TerraSAR-X © DLR e. V. 2019, Distribution: Airbus DS Geo GmbH
Map produced by DLR/ZKI

Flood regression in Sofala province, Mozambique

Source: Sentinel-1 / TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X
Acquired: Sentinel-1: 19/032019
TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X: 23/03/2019

Copyright: Sentinel-1 © Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019)
TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X © DLR e. V. 2019, Distribution: Airbus DS Geo GmbH
Map produced by SEDEC/MDR

Flood extent in Sofala province, Mozambique

Source: Sentinel-1
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 25/01/2019
Post-disaster: 26/03/2019

Copyright: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019)
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Estimation of potentially affected buildings in Cidade Da Beira district, Sofala province, Mozambique

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Copyright: Report produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Flood extent in Manica and Sofala provinces, Mozambique

Source: Sentinel-1
Acquired: 19/03/2019

Copyright: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019)
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Flood extent in Tete and Zambezia provinces, Mozambique

Source: Sentinel-1
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 25/01/2019
Post-disaster: 20/03/2019

Copyright: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019)
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Population and settlement exposure analysis in Mozambique after Cyclone Idai - As of 20 March 2019

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Copyright: Report produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Flood extent in Sofala province, Mozambique

Source: Sentinel-1
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 18/01/2019 and 25/01/2019
Post-disaster: 19/03/2019 and 20/03/2019

Copyright: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019)
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Population exposure analysis in Mozambique after Cyclone Idai - As of 12 March 2019

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Copyright: Report produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Flood extent in Sofala province, Mozambique

Source: Sentinel-1
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 25/01/2019
Post-disaster: 13/03/2019 and 14/03/2019

Copyright: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019)
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Flooded urban areas in Beira, Mozambique as of 22 March

Source: Sentinel-1
Acquired: 20/03/2019

Copyright: Sentinel-1 © Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019)
Map produced by ZKI/DLR

Flood areas in Buzi District, Mozambique as of 22 March

Source: WorldView-3
Acquired: 22/03/2019

Copyright: WorldView-3 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by SEDEC/MDR

Flood areas in Chinde, Mozambique as of 20 March

Source: Sentinel-1
Acquired: 14/03/2019 & 20/03/2019

Copyright: Sentinel-1 © Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019)
Map produced by UoL/NCEO

Flood areas in Buzi, Mozambique as of 20 March

Source: Sentinel-1
Acquired: 14/03/2019 & 20/03/2019

Copyright: Sentinel-1 © Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019)
Map produced by UoL/NCEO

Flood areas in Sofala Province, Mozambique as of 19 March

Source: RADARSAT-2 / Sentinel-1
Acquired: Sentinel-1: 19/03/2019
RADARSAT-2: 19/03/2019

Copyright: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © Maxar Technologies Ltd. (2019) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Sentinel-1 © Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019)
Map produced by SEDEC/MDR

Chimoio, Mozambique: Situation map as of 20 March 2019

Source: Sentinel-2 / Pleiades
Acquired: Sentinel-2: 31/10/2018
Pleiades: 20/03/2019

Copyright: Sentinel- 2 © Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019)
Pleiades © CNES (2019) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by Copernicus EMS

Water cover near Mafambisse in Mozambique after Cyclone Idai

Source: DMC / RADARSAT-2
Acquired: 17/03/2019

Copyright: DMCii 2018, distribution DMCii, all rights reserved
RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © Maxar Technologies Ltd. (2019) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Map produced by Brazilian Department of Civil Protection and Defense

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