In early May 2003, heavy rains in Argentina led to devastating floods that displaced 35,000 people and killed over 25 people in the province of Santa Fe. The floodwaters can be seen in this false-color image acquired on May 8, 2003, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra spacecraft.
All the rivers and tributaries in this region are much more swollen than normal. Water is black. Clouds appear as pale blue and white, and vegetated land is green and yellow.
Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC.