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Satellite Images of West Attica Flood Help Government Response

By [email protected] - 22nd December 2017 - 11:14

Heavy rain on November 15-16 caused a flood west of Athens, Greece. The cities of Mandra, Elefsina, and Nea Peramos were most affected with 1,184 buildings suffering damage requiring significant government compensation. European Space Imaging captured 30 cm resolution images of the area using the WorldView-4 satellite on November 21. The images clearly show the damage wrought by the torrents of water and mud, and the path the water took as it flowed down the sides of the mountains and into gullies. It has been reported that inappropriate urban development may have been a major contributing factor to the event’s severity, as natural floodways have been blocked by unlicensed construction. Adrian Zevenbergen, Managing Director of European Space Imaging said, “The very high resolution satellite imagery will be an invaluable tool for the Greek government to detect the presence of illegal buildings, and to plan future flood-prevention infrastructure.”