Landslides and flooded areas triggered by hurricane maria in Dominica

Researchers from the ITC Faculty of Geo-Information and Earth Observation of the University of Twente have presented a large-scale inventory of landslides of hurricane-hit Dominica.


Tropical Storm Maria, which hit Dominica on September 18, 2017, is viewed as the most damaging cataclysmic event that influenced Dominica in recent decades. The typhoon executed 30 individuals (and 34 were proclaimed missing). As indicated by the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment, Hurricane Maria brought about aggregate harms of EC$2.51 billion (US$931 million) and misfortunes of EC$1.03 billion(US$382 million), which adds up to 226 percent of 2016 total national output (GDP).

Maria harmed most of the houses and farmland foundations and left the rugged nation covered in a field of flotsam and jetsam. High concentrated precipitation activated across the board surges and countless.

The University of Twente utilized 5 scenes of Pléiades satellite symbolisms with a determination of 0.5m, which were obtained on September 23 and October 5 after the tropical storm and made accessible through UNITAR-UNOSAT.

Landslides and flooded areas triggered by hurricane maria in Dominica
Credot: LAURENS VAN DER VELDE University of Twente

Aside from these, likewise, a progression of Digital Globe Images was utilized that were gathered for the Google Crisis Response through a KML layer. The pictures were outwardly translated by picture elucidation specialists, and avalanches were mapped as polygons, isolating scarp, transporting and amassing territories, and grouping the avalanches in types. Sadly, because of the cloud scope in every single accessible picture.

A sum of 9,960 avalanches was recognized, which incorporate 8,576 flotsam and jetsam slides, 1,010 trash streams, and 374 shake falls, with a zone of 7.30 km2, 2.50 km2, and 0.50 km2 individually. The entire region of avalanches is 10.30 km2, which covers 1.37 percent of the island. The wellspring of avalanches is 3.30 km2, and the other 7.0 km2 is a transportation and testimony zone. All of the waterways were overwhelmed because of escalated precipitation. The overwhelmed zone is 13.03 km2, which covers 1.74% of the island.

Dominica will confront some new issues for mountain dangers in the coming years, the same number of crisp scarps may create more flotsam and jetsam, and numerous tree trunks are still on the slants or stream channels. With such a large number of new avalanches in the upper catchments, it is likely that flotsam and jetsam streams will be activated with precipitation edges that are generously lower than before the tropical storm. Typhoon Maria harmed the backwoods cover significantly, changing the risk start conditions.

Without the assurance of vegetation, new shallow avalanches could occur sooner rather than later. A progression of falling perils may happen, for instance, avalanches or trash streams blocking waterways and bringing about upheaval surges. In this way, a more nitty-gritty assessment of the post-Maria danger and hazard circumstances is critical.

A larger map version may be downloaded here (in PDF).


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