SANSA is Leveraging Satellite Imagery for Disaster Management in Durban

A satellite image shows a highway blocked with traffic and strewn shipping containers, after South Africa was hit with devastating floods, in Durban, South Africa April 14, 2022. Picture taken April 14, 2022. Image: Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) together with its international stakeholders have obtained the Earth Observation Satellite Imagery in the areas that are affected by floods in KwaZulu Natal and some parts of the Eastern Cape. The intelligence derived from these data will be provided to the National Disaster Management Centre and local authorities to aid the disaster response efforts.

SANSA is also analysing the data provided by Maxar, Airbus, Radarsat Constellation, Copernicus, and a number of other data providers through the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters. This will help in mapping the extent of damage to property and infrastructure in flood-affected areas.

The floods have caused damage in large parts of Kwazulu-Natal. Earth Observation-derived intelligence will aid in conducting post-flooding disaster quantification and support the estimation of overall damage. As a result, it will also indicate the importance of such data in Government response efforts. This information is critical for the Government to establish the financial requirements and priority areas to focus on to ensure the saving of lives and impact on the economy as well as improved planning at municipalities.

The accompanying Earth Observation-derived maps showcase the areas affected by floods, and flood damage in Molweni Village and Moseley Park in eThekwini Metro Municipality. For more information on access to the data, you can contact co**********@sa***.za">SANSA customer services.



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