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Copernicus EMS Rapid Mapping Activated for Floods in Albania

EMS Information Bulletin
04/12/2017

Heavy rainfall in the Northern and Central Albania caused severe flooding that stopped the operations of the seaports and suspended flights from the Tirana International Airport. According to media reports, the disaster caused one fatality so far.

 

At least 39 families were evacuated in the most affected areas of Vorë, Marikaj (Tirana prefecture), Fushe Kruje, Kurbin, Mamurras (Lezhë County). Many roads are blocked, around 71,000 residents lost power, and the schools are closed nationwide.

 

More heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected within the next 48 hours, especially in the country’s south. The Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) is closely monitoring the situation and is in contact with the Albanian Civil Protection authorities.

 

The European Flood Awareness System (EFAS) that was monitoring the flood risk in the region, as demonstrated by the ERCC Daily Map of 30 November, requested the EMS Rapid Mapping team to start the satellite pre-tasking operations on 30 November.

 

The Rapid Mapping service was officially activated on 1 December with a request to provide 14 delineation maps showing the extent of the flood. The first SAR (Synthetic-aperture radar) imagery has been acquired on 1 December from the RADARSAT-2 satellite. Due to the successful pre-tasking activity, the first emergency mapping products were made available in less than 24 hours after the activation.

 

The produced maps and those currently in production will be available on the EMS website:

Activation EMSR258.

 

 

 

The ERCC Daily Map of 30 November 2017. South-Eastern Europe: severe weather (Credit: ERCC, 2017)

 

 

The 14 AoIs (Areas of Interest) identified for the delineation map production

 

 

SAR satellite imagery from RADARSAT-2 with flooded areas visible

 

 

Fushe Kruje delineation map  (Copernicus EMS © 2017 EU, [EMSR258] Fushe Kruje: Delineation Map)

 

 

For more information contact:

 

support@copernicus.eu
+32 495 544 844 (European CET time)
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