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27-07-05, 02:38
Rivers across Pakistan were grossly swollen on July 21, 2005, when the Terra MODIS instrument captured this pair of false-color images. A combination of monsoon rains and high temperatures have caused these floods. The rivers were already running high after a heat wave sent torrents of melted snow out of the mountains of northern Pakistan and India; then monsoon rains started pounding the country in early July, pushing the already-taxed rivers beyond their banks.

In the top image, The Indus, Jhelum, and Chenab Rivers are all flooded when compared to conditions on June 24, 2005, the underlying roll-over image. The land near the Indian border (upper right corner), where a series of canals link small rivers, appears to be entirely covered with dark blue water. Clouds, which are light blue and white, partially obscure these floods.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that 29 people have died in Pakistanís Punjab province, the region shown in the images, since the floods began. At least 452,000 people have been affected by the flooding, with farm communities along the Indus River being particularly hard hit.


Satellite: Terra

Date Acquired: 2005-07-21

Resolutions: 1km (787 KB)
500m (1.8 MB)
250m ( B)

Bands Used: 7,2,1

Credit: MODIS Rapid Response Project