Heavy and long-lasting rainfall caused large-scale floods, particularly in the southern regions of Malawi. The DLR/ZKI provided the function of the Project Manager in the frame of the related Charter Call.
Wide spread rainfall associated with high rainfall amounts in the catchment areas of Shire and Zambesi rivers triggered flash floods and flooding in several areas in Southern Malawi and Mozambique. The International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' has been activated for this flood event.
The first exercise of the Medical Task Force of Germany (MTF) on immediate treatment of injuries in case of emergencies has taken place between 24 and 26 October 2014, in Lehnin (Landkreis Potsdam-Mittelmark). This exercise was utilized by the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) in cooperation with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), in order to get new insights in traffic management in emergency cases and in order to test the use of terrestrial and airborne monitoring systems contributing to situational awareness.
For the preparation of the official festivities for the German Unity Day in Hannover on October 2nd and 3rd, 2014, the Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI) provided reference information to the planning committee.
The service of the International Charter continues to be in great demand. It has been requested 16 times during the last five months to support relief efforts, aiming at mitigating the effects of natural disasters.