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ESA Sentinel’s crucial help to Namibia

Flooded Namibia-Botswana border

One of ESA Sentinel-1A’s first images was crucial in helping the Namibian authorities decide how to respond to a serious flood.

Namibia flood mapping by Sentinel 1A

In recent years, floods in Namibia have affected hundreds of thousands of people, destroying homes and washing away vital crops and livestock. In this region, floods also bring further suffering in the form of disease, such as malaria and cholera.

Monitoring these devastating floods is normally hampered by the weather because sensors on aircraft cannot see through the cloud and are limited to relatively small areas. Trying to access remote flood-stricken areas on the ground is also impractical.

Namibia from Sentinel 1A