Forest Fire (5557 ha) in The Democratic Republic of Congo 26 Jul 2022

Event summary

This forest fire is expected to have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

GDACS ID WF 1008043
Countries: The Democratic Republic of Congo
Start Date - Last detection*: 26 Jul 2022 - 11 Aug 2022
Duration (days): 16
People affected: 1671 in the burned area
Burned area: 5557 ha
More Info: Global Wildfire Information System

*(Last detection of the thermal anomaly of the fire)

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Impact Timeline

IDAlert colorGDACS ScorePopulation AffectedBurned Area (ha)Last UpdateSource
1 0.5 1434 5557 05 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
2 0.5 1434 6465 06 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
3 0.5 1671 8878 09 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
4 0.5 1671 11191 10 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
5 0.5 1671 12075 11 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
6 0.5 1671 12209 12 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in The Democratic Republic of Congo , Region of Kasai-Occidental (population 3,162,753) . The nearest places are Mweka, Demba, and Kananga.

Radius Population
10 km 140000 people
5 km 15000 people
2 km 2500 people
1 km 2500 people
Burned Area 1700 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 1216 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Kasai-Occidental The Democratic Republic of Congo 3.2 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Mweka Kasai-Occidental Democratic Republic of the Congo City 50000 people 55 km
Demba Kasai-Occidental Democratic Republic of the Congo City 22000 people 61 km
Kananga Kasai-Occidental Democratic Republic of the Congo City 460000 people 106 km

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Critical infrastructure

Airports, ports, nuclear plants and hydrodams at risk, if affected, are listed below.

Airports

Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft) Distance
Mweka MEW unknown 0 57 km
Musese 570 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 87 km
Luebo 500 Civ. Unpaved No 3600 87 km

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