Pakistan flood created a 100km-wide lake, satellite images show

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The entire country is now under water after what UN officials have described as a “monsoon on steroids” caused the heaviest rainfall in living history, triggering floods that have killed 1,162 people, injured 3,554 and affected 33 million people since half. June.

The new images, taken on Aug. 28 with NASA’s MODIS satellite sensor, show how a combination of heavy rain and a flooding Indus River has inundated much of Sindh province to the south.

In the center of the image shows a large dark blue area overflowing the Indus, inundating an area about 100 kilometers (62 miles) wide, turning what were once farmlands into a giant inland lake.

It’s a shocking transformation from the photo taken by the same satellite on the same date last year, which shows the river and its tributaries in what appear to be small, narrow bands by comparison, indicating the extent of damage in one of the hardest hit areas.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, this year’s monsoon is already the wettest in the country since measurements began in 1961, and the season has one month to go.

In both Sindh and Balochistan provinces, 500% fell above average, flooding entire villages and farmlands, destroying buildings and wiping out crops.

While mostly dry weather is expected in the region in the coming days, experts say it will take days for the water to recede.

Pakistani Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman said on Sunday that parts of the country “look like a small ocean” and that “by the time this is over, we could have a quarter or a third of Pakistan under water. “

‘Flood of apocalyptic proportions’

In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said he had visited Sindh and witnessed first-hand how the floods had displaced entire towns and cities.

“There is hardly any dry land we can find. The magnitude of this tragedy… 33 million people, that’s more than the population of Sri Lanka or Australia,” he said.

“And while we understand that the new reality of climate change means more extreme weather, or monsoons, more extreme heat waves as we saw earlier this year, the magnitude of the current flooding is of apocalyptic proportions. We certainly hope it is not a new climate reality.” .”

Satellite images from Maxar Technologies from other parts of the country show how entire villages and hundreds of parcels of green land have been devastated by the fast-moving floods.

Images from Gudpur, a town in Punjab, show how the floods have damaged homes and replaced land with twisting tracks of bare earth.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif arrived in northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Wednesday to inspect flood damage.

The province has recorded most of its latest deaths after water levels rose exponentially, the country’s National Disaster Management Authority said.

Sharif said on Tuesday the floods were the “worst in Pakistan’s history” and international aid was needed to deal with the extent of the devastation.

Additional coverage from CNN’s Rachel Ramirez, Angela Dewan and Jan Camenzind Broomby.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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