Floods devestated parts of eastern India along the Brahmaputra River
in June 2000. In some tributaries of the Brahmaputra, the water reached
more than 5 meters (16.5 feet) above flood stage. At least 40 residents
died, and the flood waters destroyed a bridge linking the region to the
rest of India. High water also threatened endangered Rhinos in Kaziranga
Flooded areas are shown in red in the above image. The map was derived
from Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) data taken
on June 15, 2000.
Standing on the ground, it is impossible to gauge the full scope of a disaster the size of the Kosi River floods in northeastern India. On August 18, 2008, the river, swollen with monsoon rains, burst through an embankment into an old channel. By September 2, the river’s course still took it over populated land that had not been prone to flooding in the past. To grasp the full extent of this flood, you need the view from space.