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Copernicus EMS Rapid Mapping Activated for Floods in Lithuania

EMS Information Bulletin
02/02/2018

Flooding is an annual occurrence in the Silute District Municipality located in the area of Western Lithuania where river Neman flows into the Baltic Sea. Around fourteen thousand square kilometres and more than 150 villages in the area are affected by these floods that regularly happen during snowmelt in Spring. However, starting from September last year, floods occurred throughout the Autumn and Winter, becoming the longest flooding event in a few decades.

 

On 31 January, due to adverse weather conditions, the water level started to rise again, reaching 105 cm on the main road connecting the district with the rest of Lithuania. The Lithuanian Fire and Rescue Department declared a State of emergency in the region and evacuated many people using amphibian vehicles. The government of Silute Municipality requested military to support the evacuation effort.

 

The EMS was activated on 1 February to provide a delineation map showing the extent of the flood over one Area of Interest (AoI) around the town of Rusne, Silute District. The Sentinel-1 SAR (synthetic aperture radar) satellite imagery that fully covers the AoI was acquired today at 04:46 UTC.

 

Once produced, the delineation map will be published on the EMS website: Activation EMSR267.

 

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The AoI identified for the delineation map production

 

 

 

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support@copernicus.eu
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