Aug 17

New satellite images reveal the full extent of the Pakistan floods

Flood aid has been THIS small: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in London yesterdayFlood aid has been THIS small: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in London yesterday

  • Clegg hits out at level of donations to help flood victims
  • Survivors block highway in protest at ‘being treated like dogs’
  • Danger of more flooding as fresh rain falls
  • Ban Ki-Moon – Floods are worst disaster I’ve ever seen
  • Cholera epidemic fears after first case is confirmed
  • Massive 20m people have been affected by crisis

These satellite pictures show the effects of the catastrophic floods which have left up to 20 million people homeless in Pakistan.

The images, taken with Nasa’s Aqua satellite, use a combination of infrared and invisible light to increase the contrast between water and land.

Water appears in varying shades of blue and clouds in blue-green, while vegetation is green and bare ground is pinkish-brown.

Pakistan floods map The above image was taken on August 15, 2010, while the one below was snapped one year ago. The blue patches show the extend of the flooding, which have left 20 million people homeless

Pakistan flood map

The extend of the flooding is particularly obvious in these images, taken on August 14, 2009 and August 15, 2010 which show visible swelling of the Indus and Jhelum Rivers.

This weekend United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon described the flooding as the worst disaster he had seen.

And the international response to the Pakistan floods has been ‘absolutely pitiful’, Nick Clegg has claimed.

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