Flood in Argentina

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Type of Event Flood
Location of Event Argentina
Date of Charter Activation 12 June 2014
Charter Requestor SIFEM-DNPC
Project Management CONAE

Description of the Event

Days of torrential rain falling over South America has caused flooding in northern Argentina, and thousands of people have been forced to evacuate.

Water levels have risen to record levels at the Yacyreta Dam, which controls the flow of water from the Paraná River, and its tributary, the Iguazu. There are concerns that the rain will cause the rivers to rise further, and to combat this the floodgates at the dam were opened on 11 June 2014. It was estimated that 50,000 cubic metres of water per second were flowing from the dam, far higher than the normal amount for this time of year; which is typically 13,500 cubic metres per second. The river levels are currently estimated as being approximately 5 metres in height and are expected to peak in the next few days. In the meantime, overflowing waters along parts of the rivers are causing flooding.

The cities of Paso de le Patria, Corrientes, Barranqueras, Puerto Vilelas and Colonia Benitez are expected to be affected by the flooding by 15 June, and other locations in the area are currently on alert for the risk posed by the floods. There are concerns that the situation could be worse than widespread flooding that occurred last year.

Images and/or Image product Delivered under the Charter

Paraná river at Corrientes City

Source: KOMPSAT-2

Acquired: Pre-crisis: 16/08/2008
Post-crisis: 22/06/2014

Copyright KARI 2014
Map produced by CAEARTE/CONAE ML

 

Flooding along the Paraná River at Resistencia

Source: SPOT-5

Acquired: 19/06/2014

Copyright CNES 2014 - Distribution: Spot Image S.A., all rights reserved
Map produced by CAEARTE/CONAE ML

 

Paraná River's flood valley, province of Corrientes

Source: SPOT-5

Acquired: 19/06/2014

Copyright CNES 2014 - Distribution: Spot Image S.A., all rights reserved
Map produced by CAEARTE/CONAE ML

 

Flooding in Barranqueras and Emperado, along the Paraná River

Source: Kanopus-V

Acquired: 20/06/2014

Copyright ROSCOSMOS, NTs OMZ all rights reserved
Map produced by CAEARTE/CONAE ML

 

Paraná River flooding at Goya, Corrientes area

Source: TerraSAR-X

Acquired: 19/06/2014

Copyright German Aerospace Center (DLR), 2014 Airbus Defence and Space / Infoterra GmbH
Map produced by CAEARTE/CONAE ML

 

Paraná River's flood valley

Source: Sentinel-1

Acquired: 15/06/2014

Copyright Copernicus 2014
Map produced by CAEARTE/CONAE ML

 

Paraná River's flood valley

Source: Sentinel-1 / TerraSAR-X

Acquired: Sentinel-1: 15/06/2014
TerraSAR-X: 11/06/2008

Copyright Sentinel-1A © Copernicus 2014
TerraSAR-X © German Aerospace Center (DLR), 2014 Airbus Defence and Space / Infoterra GmbH
Map produced by CAEARTE/CONAE ML

 

Paraná River flooding at Goya, Corrientes area

Source: RADARSAT-2

Acquired: 18/06/2014

Copyright RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2014) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Map produced by CAEARTE/CONAE ML

 

Paraná River's flood valley

Source: RADARSAT-2 / TerraSAR-X

Acquired: RADARSAT-2: 15/06/2014
TerraSAR-X: 11/06/2008

Copyright RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2014) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
TerraSAR-X © German Aerospace Center (DLR), 2014 Airbus Defence and Space / Infoterra GmbH
Map produced by CAEARTE/CONAE ML

 

Paraná River's flood valley

Source: RADARSAT-2

Acquired: 15/06/2014

Copyright RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2014) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Map produced by CAEARTE/CONAE ML