Posted by: mrpeatie | August 19, 2010

Satellite Images of Pakistan’s Indus River Flooding

It is estimated that roughly a fifth of Pakistan is under water and 20 million people have been affected by the incredibly intense monsoon rains that hit the country recently. Boston.com’s The Big Picture has not one, but two galleries of the flooding that show the desperation, destruction, and despair the flooding has caused.

These days we are constantly inundated with graphic images of destruction from all over the world so it is easy to become desensitized to them. However, these satellite photos of Pakistan’s Indus River show the flooding on a more macro level and convey the true magnitude of the devastation. The bottom of the two images shows the flooding from last year’s monsoons which caused the Indus River to swell to 1-2 km wide. This year’s monsoons have been so intense that the river has swelled to 24km (16 miles) wide in some sections.


Images from NASA Natural Hazards web site.

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