Flooding in Senegal

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Type of Event Flood
Location of Event Senegal: Dakar, Touba, Darou Mousty, Fatick, Kaolack
Date of Charter Activation 27 August 2012
Charter Requestor UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA-ROWCA /
Direction Générale de la Sécurité Civile et de la Gestion des Crises (COGIC) on behalf of Groupment National des Sapeurs Pompiers (GNSP), Senegal
Project Management UNITAR/UNOSAT

Description of the Event

On Sunday, 6 people died after torrential rains flooded the Senegalese capital of Dakar. The rains also flooded inner suburbs of the capital. The situation is considered to be catastrophic prompting the Government to trigger the ORSEC plan.

The Ministry of the Interior claim that the city’s drainage system failed to cope under the pressure of the gushing water.

Senegal’s seaside area is prone for flooding, particularly low-lying suburbs which are built on wetlands.

Beyond the capital city of Dakar, other affected locations further from the coast are: Touba, Darou Mousty, Fatick and Kaolack.

Thousands have been left homeless and at least 13 lives were lost by 29 August. Exceptional rainfall has been experienced in the region this season.

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Images and/or Image product Delivered under the Charter

Flood waters along Salown Delta, Kaolack City, Senegal

Source: RADARSAT-2

Acquired: 05/09/2012

Copyright RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2012) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Kaolack, Senegal flood extent

Source: RADARSAT-2

Acquired: 05/09/2012

Copyright RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2012) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.

 

Floods in Touba, Diourbel region, Senegal

Source: WorldView-2

Acquired: 03/09/2012

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USGS
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Satellite imagery coverage and baseline geographic data over Dakar region, Senegal
Scale: 1:102,205

Source: WorldView-2

Acquired: 31/08/2012

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USGS
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Assessment of floods in Dakar province

Source: WorldView-2

Acquired: 31/08/2012

Copyright DigitalGlobe 2012
USGS
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Satellite imagery coverage and baseline geographic data over the city of Touba, Diourbel region, Senegal
Scale: 1:73,051

Source: WorldView-2

Acquired: 30/08/2012

Copyright DigitalGlobe
USGS
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT