The new images, taken on August 28 from NASA’s MODIS satellite sensor, show how a mixture of heavy rain and an overflowing Indus River have inundated a lot of Sindh province within the South.
In the middle of the image, a giant space of darkish blue reveals the Indus overflowing and flooding an space round 100 kilometers (62 miles) extensive, turning what have been as soon as agricultural fields into a large inland lake.
It’s a stunning transformation from the photograph taken by the identical satellite on the identical date final yr, which reveals the river and its tributaries contained in what seem by comparability to be small, slim bands, highlighting the extent of the harm in one of many nation’s hardest-hit areas.
This yr’s monsoon is already the nation’s wettest since information started in 1961, based on the Pakistan Meteorological Department, and the season nonetheless has one month to go.
In each Sindh and Balochistan provinces, rainfall has been 500% above common, engulfing total villages and farmland, razing buildings and wiping out crops.
While principally dry climate is predicted within the area in coming days, specialists say the water will take days to recede.
‘Flood of apocalyptic proportions’
In a interview with CNN Tuesday, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari stated he had visited Sindh and seen first-hand how the flooding had displaced total villages and cities.
“There is barely any dry land that we can find. The scale of this tragedy … 33 million people, that’s more than the population of Sri Lanka or Australia,” he stated.
“And while we understand that the new reality of climate change means more extreme weather, or monsoons, more extreme heat waves like we saw earlier this year, the scale of the current flood is of apocalyptic proportions. We certainly hope it’s not a new climate reality.”
Satellite images from Maxar Technologies from different areas of the nation show how total villages and a whole bunch of plots of verdant land have been razed by the quickly shifting floods.
Images from Gudpur, a locality in Punjab, show how the floods have broken houses, and changed land with snaking trails of of naked Earth.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif arrived in northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Wednesday to examine its flood harm.
The province has logged a lot of the newest deaths after water ranges rose exponentially, stated the nation’s National Disaster Management Authority.
Sharif stated Tuesday the flooding was the “worst in Pakistan’s history” and worldwide help was wanted to cope with the size of the devastation.
Additional reporting from CNN’s Rachel Ramirez, Angela Dewan and Jan Camenzind Broomby.