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Pakistan Floods Kill 1,000

Posted by feww on August 1, 2010

Death toll in Pakistan floods reaches 1,000

Deadly floods have severely affected at least one million people, so far.

Described as the regions worst ever deluge, the floods have cut off the major city of Peshawar, with population of three million.

Military personnel and rescuers are unable to reach flooded areas because all transportation routes and communications lines have been severed.

More rain is forecast for the coming days, which could carry floodwaters from swollen rivers further south of the country.

Flooding in NW Pakistan


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(5 MB, JPEG) —–  acquired July 30, 2010


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(5 MB, JPEG)    —-    acquired June 5, 2010

The above images were captured by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite, using a combination of infrared and visible light for increased contrast between water and land, on July 30, 2010 (top), and June 5, 2010 (bottom). “The images show the lower Indus River, not far from Pakistan’s coast. Both images . Water appears in varying shades of blue, vegetation is green, and bare ground is pinkish brown. Clouds are bright turquoise.”

The image from July 30 shows the Indus River “shows significantly higher water levels along the” major river.  “The Jhelum, Chenab, and Sutlej Rivers, as well as a number of smaller tributaries, feed into the Indus, and higher water levels are also apparent along those river channels. The city of Jacobabad appears inundated on July 30, and the patch of electric blue northwest of the city also suggests flooding.” Source: NASA E/O. Click images to enlarge.

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