Colombia Flooding July 2020

Start Date

July 3, 2020

Overview

Major flooding has occurred in several areas of Colombia around July 3rd to 5th, 2020. According to the International Disasters Charter, over 1200 families in the region have been affected with at least 121 being evacuated. In addition, local authorities have estimated that 1600 hectares of crops have been destroyed.

This false color composite of data collected by the European Space Agency (ESA) Copernicus Sentinel 2 satellite on July 4th, 2020, shows potentially flooded areas (circled in yellow) around Yopal, Colombia. Water is shown in blue, while vegetated areas ar

This false color composite of data collected by the European Space Agency (ESA) Copernicus Sentinel 2 satellite on July 4th, 2020, shows potentially flooded areas (circled in yellow) around Yopal, Colombia. Water is shown in blue, while vegetated areas are shown in green.  Credit: NASA, ESA

The NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program has activated to Tier 1 in response to a request from the Colombia Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM - Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales) and the Colombia National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD - Unidad Nacional para la Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres) and is providing assistance in determining the extent of the flooding that occurred throughout the country.

The ROSES A.37 research project “Integrating SAR Data for Improved Resilience and Response to Weather-Related Disasters” is investigating optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data available to indicate the extent of flooding in the several areas of interest provided by IDEAM and UNGRD.

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Latest Updates

September 3, 2020
Photograph from the International Space Station taken on July 27, 2020, showing high water levels in the river that passes through the town of Puerto Lopez, Colombia. Credit: Image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space
On July 27, 2020, the International Space Station passed over the Orinoquia Nature Region in Colombia, allowing astronauts to capture photographs showing the impacts of recent flooding rainfall in the region. These photographs were then georeferenced by the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit at NASA Johnson Space Flight Center and sent to the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) of Colombia by coordinators from the NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program to aid in identifying the extent and impact of the flooding....