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Satellite analysis supports damage assessment in Solomon Islands

16 April 2014

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The Solomon Islands have been dramatically impacted by floods that began in early April and continued for over one week causing 21 deaths and an estimated 52,000 affected across Honiara City and greater Guadalcanal.

OCHA reports that over 10 UN agencies are in Honiara to distribute relief supplies and to provide expertise across coordination, protection, health, logistics and water, sanitation and hygiene in a situation made complex by the destruction of infrastructure, the contamination of water and the scarcity of medical supplies. Solomon's Red Cross Secretary General described the floods as "a tragedy none of us saw coming".

UNOSAT rapid mapping was activated in the early stages of the flooding. On 5 April UNOSAT decided also to request the triggering of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters together with UN ESCAP and OCHA.

Source: United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Image credit: UNITAR/UNOSAT - UNOSAT damage assessment