The Southeastern region of Africa has been affected by severe rainfall causing what is most likely the severest natural disaster of 2015. Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar have been seriously affected with at least 260 people killed and 260 000 left homeless in all three countries combined (Bloomberg News, 19 January 2015). The international Charter on Space and Major Disasters was activated on January 8th and 18th for the floods which occurred in Malawi and Madagascar respectively. Satellite data was used to map the extent of the floods and assess the impact of the disaster to infrastructure and human livelihood.
Figure 1: Flooding in Malawi between January 10 and January 13, 2015.