More than 4,000 people have been affected by heavy rains and consequent floods in Uruguay during the second half of November. UNOSAT was requested by UNDP to provide satellite imagery maps and analyses to assist the UN Country Team as well as national actors. The most affected area was in the province of Artigas on the border with Brazil.
UNOSAT activated its Humanitarian Rapid Mapping capacity, including triggering of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters, for which UNOSAT has the official status as “UN User Intermediary”. The Humanitarian Rapid Mapping service may be activated 24/7 by any UN agency and office worldwide and it comes at no cost for the humanitarian community thanks to predictable donor support.