Adolfo Godoy, head of Venezuela's space agency, recently sent a letter of thanks to China Siwei Surveying and Mapping Technology Co., LTD., a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
"During difficult times, China has provided valuable satellite data to help us effectively carry out relief efforts," the letter said. We will never forget China's selfless support."
In October 2022, many parts of Venezuela were hit by a hurricane and sustained heavy rainfall, which caused floods, landslides and other natural disasters, causing heavy casualties and property losses, and many relief roads to the disaster-hit areas were blocked.
The Venezuelan Space Agency submitted a request for emergency services to the International Charter of the International Organization for Space and Major Disasters. The China Resources Satellite Application Center responded quickly, and China's four-dimensional commercial remote sensing satellite was deployed to participate in the disaster relief mission.
According to Zhang Xiaodong, general manager of China Siwei, the Chinese side mobilized eight satellites within eight hours to conduct transit simulation and delivered satellite images to Venezuela in the first place.
The Venezuelan space agency said that according to the data provided by the Chinese side, the Venezuelan side carried out a timely analysis of the disaster situation, identified the scope of the disaster and classified the danger level of buildings in the affected areas. These data provide a powerful aid to the government's disaster relief command and evacuation of the affected people.
In 2007, China acceded to the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters, and has since taken an active part in global disaster monitoring, relief and reduction.
Since 2010, China has continued to provide comprehensive support to the Beijing Office of the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response.
At present, China's Fengyun meteorological satellite data services have covered 124 countries and regions, and provided space technology and other emergency support services to more than 40 countries, including the Philippines and Mozambique, for nearly 70 times.
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