Heavy rains struck the Indian state of Assam for six consecutive days in mid-April 2010, according to the Press Trust of India. A lightning strike killed one person, and repeated downpours flooded urban and rural areas of the state.
This color-coded image shows estimated rainfall amounts from April 14–20, 2010. Lowest amounts (less than 75 millimeters or 3 inches) appear in pale green, and heaviest amounts (more than 600 millimeters or roughly 24 inches) appear in dark blue. Assam lies northeast of Bangladesh, and high rainfall amounts appear throughout eastern India. Especially heavy rain occurs along the border between Bangladesh and eastern India. In one area immediately east of the India-Bangladesh border, rainfall reaches or exceeds 600 millimeters.
This image is based on data from the Multisatellite Precipitation Analysis produced at Goddard Space Flight Center, which estimates rainfall by combining measurements from many satellites and calibrating them using rainfall measurements from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite.
- Press Trust of India. (2010, April 19). Heavy rains, flash floods in Assam. Accessed April 22, 2010.
NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using near-real-time data provided courtesy of TRMM Science Data and Information System at Goddard Space Flight Center. Caption by Michon Scott.
- TRMM - MPA