Floods in Zimbabwe

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Type of Event Flood
Location of Event Zimbabwe
Date of Charter Activation 07 February 2014
Charter Requestor UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of OCHA Zimbabwe
Project Management UNITAR/UNOSAT

Description of the Event

Heavy rain in Zimbabwe has caused flash floods across the country since mid-January. Thousands of people have been evacuated and further flooding is expected over the next few days.

One of the worst affected areas is Masvingo Province where 4000 people were considered at risk. The government has begun evacuating them and using helicopters to retrieve people stranded by flooding. The flooding has also caused mudslides in the province which killed one person. Within Masvingo Province, the districts of Masvingo, Chivi and Mwenezi are at risk from the Tokwe-Mukorsi Damn as the rain has raised the water level.

The amount of rain is unusual for this area, at almost double the normal level. Low-lying areas are considered particularly at risk from flooding at this time.

Images and/or Image product Delivered under the Charter

Update: Flood water over Tokwe Mukorsi Dam, Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe

Source: TerraSAR-X / Landsat-8

Acquired: TerraSAR-X: 11/02/2014 and 18/02/2014
Landsat 8: 19/04/2013

Copyright TerraSAR-X © German Aerospace Center (DLR) 2014, Airbus Defence and Space / Infoterra GmbH
Landsat 8 data and products © USGS (2013) - All rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Populated locations submerged over Tokwe Mukorsi Dam, Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe

Source: TerraSAR-X / Landsat 8

Acquired: TerraSAR-X: 11/02/2014
Landsat 8: 19/04/2013

Copyright TerraSAR-X © German Aerospace Center (DLR) 2014, Airbus Defence and Space / Infoterra GmbH
Landsat 8 data and products © USGS (2013) - All rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Flood water over Tokwe Mukorsi Dam, Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe

Source: TerraSAR-X / Landsat 8

Acquired: TerraSAR-X: 11/02/2014
Landsat 8: 19/04/2013

Copyright TerraSAR-X © German Aerospace Center (DLR) 2014, Airbus Defence and Space / Infoterra GmbH
Landsat 8 data and products © USGS (2013) - All rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT