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UNOSAT supports disaster risk reduction in Djibouti after Tropical Cyclone Sagar
08 June 2018
A tropical cyclone formed in the Gulf of Aden between Yemen and northern Somalia on 16 May. On 19 May 2018, Tropical Cyclone Sagar-18 made landfall in Djibouti causing heavy rains and flash floods to surge in Djibouti city and Balbala suburb.
On 20 May 2018, the UN Resident Coordinator in Djibouti activated UNITAR-UNOSAT's Rapid Mapping Service to request satellite analysis support to plan and coordinate emergency response operations. A few hours later, the International Charter Space and Major Disasters provided the first post-event image over the city of Djibouti, which enabled UNOSAT to perform an initial flood analysis.
Image credit: CNES 2018 Distribution Airbus Defense & Space - Pleiades post-event satellite image over Djibouti, collected on 23 May 2018, after the waters started to recede