new images taken on August 28 from NASA’s MODIS satellite. show how combination of torrential rain and the flooding of the Indus River flooded many of Sindh province in south.
In the center of picture, large area of dark blue shows The Indus overflows and floods area about 100 kilometers (62 miles) wide, turning what was once agricultural fields into a giant inland lake.
A shocking transformation in a photo taken from the same satellite. on same date last yearwhich shows the river and its tributaries contained in what seems compared to small narrow stripes that emphasize the degree of damage in one of the hardest countryhit areas.
This yearmonsoon already the wettest in the country since the start of registration in The year is 1961, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, and the season is not over yet. one month to go.
In the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan, rainfall was 500% above average, swallowing entire villages and farmland, demolishing buildings and razing out harvest.
While mostly dry weather expected in in region in Experts say that in the coming days, the water will recede in a few days.
‘Flood of apocalyptic proportions
In an interview with CNN On Tuesday, Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said he visited Sindh and saw first-hand how the flood displaced entire villages and towns.
“We can barely find dry land. Scale of this tragedy… 33 million people more how population of Sri Lanka or Australia,” he said.
And although we understand that new reality of climate change means more extreme weather or monsoons, more extreme heat waves like we saw earlier this yearscale of in current flood is of apocalyptic proportions. We certainly hope that this is not new climate reality.”
Satellite images from Maxar Technologies from other areas of country show how whole villages and hundreds of plots of the green lands were quickly destroyed moving floods.
Images from Goodpur, locality in Punjab, show how floods damaged homes and replaced land with winding paths of of bare earth.
Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif arrived. in northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday to check it out. flood damage.
The province has the most of in latest deaths after water levels rose exponentially, the country’s National Disaster Management Authority said.
Sharif said on Tuesday the flooding was “the worst in Pakistan history” as well as international help needed to solve with scale of devastation.
Additional reporting from CNN’s Rachel Ramirez, Angela Dewan and Jan Camenzind Brumby.