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Flood in Sri Lanka

Monday, 29 December 2014

Type of Event:
Flood
Location of Event:
Sri Lanka
Date of Charter Activation:
29 December 2014
Time of Charter Activation:
14:22:00
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+01:00
Charter Requestor:
UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of WFP
Project Management:
UNITAR/UNOSAT

Description of the event

Torrential rain in Sri Lanka caused floods and landslides in the last two weeks of December 2014.

39 people were killed in the disaster, and over 100,000 were forced to evacuate. It has been estimated that over a million people were affected by the disaster.

The southeastern area of the country was the worst affected, particularly the Badulla District, but the floods were not isolated to this area alone. Coastal areas of the country experienced heavy flooding, and thousands of hectares of crops were destroyed by the flood waters.

Satellite detected waters over Ampara and Batticaloa Districts, Sri Lanka

Source: Sentinel-1
Acquired: 24/11/2014 and 18/12/2014

Copyright: Sentinel-1A © Copernicus / ESA 2014
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Flood waters over Ampara and Batticaloa Districts, Sri Lanka

Source: RADARSAT-2 / Sentinel-1
Acquired: RADARSAT-2: 30/12/2014
Sentinel-1: 18/12/2014

Copyright: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2014) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Sentinel-1A © Copernicus / ESA 2014
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT