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Hurricane Irma in the Eastern Caribbean: CNES activates Pleiades satellites to coordinate assistance to affected populations
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Publishing date:September 7, 2017
Hurricane Irma has been ripping through the Eastern Caribbean since Tuesday 5 September. Classed as a Category 5, it has so far hit Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Anguilla and Puerto Rico with, as we all know, terrible cost to human life and property. It is now heading towards the United States. In order to place all satellite facilities at the disposal of rescue services and help in the geopositioning and mapping of affected zones, the Space and Major Disasters International Charter—co-founded by CNES and ESA in 2000—has been activated several times in order to coordinate assistance to local populations.