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09.09.2020 | Open Data Program

Open Data Response to Flooding in Chad

By: Maxar Technologies

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Some 190,000 people across Chad have been affected by severe flooding triggered by record downpours since early August. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), nearly 120,000 of these victims have been displaced-- much of the affected were in the capital city of N'Djamena, where 10 people have died across seven departments due to flash flood-related incidents. This was the highest rainfall on record in nearly 30 years, exacerbating other challenges those living in the region are experiencing. Although the rains have subsided, the effects of the floods are still ongoing.

When crises like this occur, Maxar is committed to supporting the humanitarian community by providing critical and actionable information to assist response efforts and fulfilling our purpose, For a Better World. As part of our Open Data Program, Maxar will publicly release data of the affected areas to support disaster response as it becomes available.

Any imagery or data distributed through the Open Data Program is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 license (CC BY-NC 4.0). This licensing allows for non-commercial use of the information, meaning it can quickly be integrated into first responder workflows with organizations like Team Rubicon, the Red Cross and other non-profits. If commercial companies are interested in using the data distributed through the Open Data Program, it can be purchased by contacting us here.

Pre-event imagery has been posted on our Open Data Program website. Please continue to check this site and our social media channels for updates on post-event data.

N'Djamena, Chad on August 15, 2020

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