Flood damage in Pakistan through these satellite images

The country is already prone to extremities in weather, with temperatures soaring above 125 degrees Fahrenheit (52oC) in some places during summer and the coldest parts recording -29 degrees Fahrenheit (-34oC) during winter. Over the past few years, the region has also experienced heavy rains and floods. However, the recent floods have been described as the worst in its history, by the current prime minister of Pakistan.

The extent of the floods

According to the ESA, Pakistan has received 10 times more than the average rainfall it gets during this time of the year. As a result, the Indus river, Pakistan’s longest and largest river, has spilled far beyond its banks and has ended up creating a lake that is over 60 miles (100 km) long and over six miles (10 km) wide.

The images marked in blue to black mark land areas that are submerged under the water, which includes the western parts of the country, along with the border it shares with neighboring Afghanistan.

The floods have so far claimed more than 1,100 lives and washed away crops, infrastructure, and even homes. One in seven Pakistanis is estimated to have been affected by the floods, which is about 33 million people.

The damage caused by the floods is expected to cost upwards of $10 billion.

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