Disaster Management on the Basis of Satellite Images

Satellite images are helpful tools to estimate the damage and to plan the rescue work.

On Friday morning November 8, at 4:40 local time typhoon Haiyan made landfall on the Philippines. From the island Samar and Leyte the typhoon continued northwestwards with wind speeds of more than 300 km/h. Typhonn Haiyan triggered severe storm surges contributing to large-scale devastations. Officials estimate more than 2,300 people dead and hundreds of thousands homeless.

The map shows the situation around the city of San Remigio. Detailed damage assessment has neen conducted by visual interpretation based on pre- and postevent Pleidas satellite data acquired on september 02,2013 at 2:22 am (UTC) and November 14, 2013 at 2:10 am (UTC) as well as post-event WorldView-1 data acquired on November 11, 2013 at 2:14 am (UTC).

The post-event image of November 14, 2013 serves as backdrop.

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