Copernicus Sentinel-1 maps floods in wake of Idai
20 March 2019
As millions of people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe struggle to cope with the aftermath of what could be the southern hemisphere's worst storm, Copernicus Sentinel-1 is one of the satellite missions being used to map flooded areas to help relief efforts.
Cyclone Idai swept through this part of southeast Africa over the last few days, leaving devastation in its wake. Thousands of people have died and houses, roads and croplands are under water.
It is currently thought that well over two million people in the three countries have been affected, but the extent of destruction is still unfolding.
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