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Smog From Agricultural Fires in Thailand

17.6N 99.3E

March 28th, 2013 Category: Floods

Myanmar and Thailand – March 25th, 2013

Every year between February and April local farmers in Northern Thailand and neighboring countries burn huge amounts of vegetation to clear fields and get rid of agricultural waste. The result is a serious, regional smog problem that causes discomfort and health issues for millions of people. Here, the haze covers much of Thailand and spreads towards neighboring countries such as Myanmar (left).

New Flood Risk at Devils Lake, North Dakota – September 24th, 2010

48.1N 98.8W

September 24th, 2010 Category: Floods, Image of the day, Lakes

USA and Canada - September 18th, 2010

Devils Lake, North Dakota

Devils Lake, North Dakota

Several lakes can be observed in this image of the area around the border between the US state of North Dakota (below) and the Canadian province of Manitoba (above). The large, golden green body of water at the top is the southern part of Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The close-up, on the other hand, focuses on Devils Lake in North Dakota. This large lake has been expanding steadily since the 1990s, and has nearly quadrupled in size. The result of its fast growth is that thousands of acres of land, hundreds of buildings and homes, and at least two towns have become completely inundated.

Devils Lake continues growing because it has no natural river or stream as an outlet to carry away excess rain and water from melting snow. At the moment, it has risen to within 6 feet of overflowing. If the water level cannot be lowered, residents fear that more communities will be washed away.

Indus River Waters Not Expected to Recede for Another Month

26.4N 67.9E

September 24th, 2010 Category: Floods

Pakistan - September 23rd, 2010

The Pakistan flood crisis continues and huge numbers of people are still being affected, although media coverage has lessened. Probably at least one month will pass before the waters fully recede.  This image focuses on the Indus River, whose waters are still much higher than usual.

Around 14.1 million people are being directly affected. Statistics mention 392,786 damaged houses, 728,192 destroyed houses,  7,600 destroyed schools, and 436 health facilities that were damaged or destroyed.

Overall production loss of sugar cane, paddy and cotton is estimated to be 13.3 million tons. Two million hectares of standing crops were either lost or damaged. About 1.2 million head of livestock (excluding poultry) were lost, and 14 million livestock are at risk due to fodder shortages and heightened risk of disease.

City of Multan on Banks of Swollen Chenab River, Pakistan

30.1N 71.4E

September 12th, 2010 Category: Floods, Image of the day, Rivers

Pakistan - August 29th, 2010

While the thumbnail image focuses on the Chenab River and the city of Multan, the full image shows more of Pakistan and the Indus River. Both rivers appear brown with sediments and wider than normal due to the devastating floods that have been affecting the country since July.

Multan is situated on the east bank of the Chenab River, appearing here as a greyish circular area in the lower left quadrant. It is located more or less in the geographic centre of Pakistan, in the southern part of the Punjab Province. It is also capital of the Multan District. It is located in the southern part of the province.

New Flood Threats in Johi Taluka and Dadu, Pakistan, by Indus River

26.7N 67.7E

September 10th, 2010 Category: Floods, Rivers

Pakistan - September 1st, 2010

A UN spokesman said this week that more than 10 million victims of the floods in Pakistan have been left without shelter for six weeks and called the crisis “one of the worst humanitarian disasters in UN history.”

New flood threats are also appearing, as floodwaters breached an embankment at Johi Taluka on Tuesday, submerging 25 villages and affecting around 20,000 people. Residents of the nearby town of Dadu are also on alert after the floodwaters changed direction and headed towards embankments bordering the town.

Both towns are located near the left bank of the Indus River, which can be seen flowing across the center of this image. While the surrounding valley appears green, the river itself is brown in color due to sediments dredged up by the heavy rainfall. The river also appears much wider than normal, as is to be expected from its flooded banks.

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