Imaging Australian Flooding from Space
At the end of September, New South Wales, Australia experienced its worst flooding in over twenty years — with over one hundred buildings inundated and one thousand people evacuated.
The disaster took a particular toll on farming communities in the area, as the harvest was due to take place in November but crops were severely flooded. Thousands of cattle had to be evacuated to safer areas while water levels recede.
More information and coverage of the event is available here and here. In accordance with the International Charter for Space and Major Disasters and the DLR/ZKI (a division of the German Government), Planet provided data that allowed for the very rapid production of the flood map below.
To download more up-to-date data released under the charter, visit planet.com/disasterdata.