Pakistan flooding is so extensive it can be seen from space

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Pakistan is no stranger to monsoon rains. They can mark it on the calendar from June to September. However, this year, the rains kept coming. 

They were more intense and devastating than most years, and eventually, the water had nowhere to go.

“The Pakistani people are facing a monsoon on steroids, the relentless impact of epochal levels of rain and flooding,” U.N. Chief Antonio Guterres said in a video statement. “This climate catastrophe has killed more than 1,000 people with many more injured.” 

Some provinces have already received five to six times their average annual rainfall, according to NASA. That is a staggering amount considering the average consists of 30 years of data, including 2010 when 2,000 people were killed during the deadliest monsoon flooding in the county’s history.

Mountain snow and glacier melt just compounded the issue. Pakistan has the highest concentration of glacier ice outside the polar regions, according to NASA. Melt and monsoon rains accumulate in mountain creeks and speed downhill, touching off landslides.

NASA says this is a considerable amount of waterfall when compared to 30 years of data.

NASA images of Pakistan during monsoon season.
“This climate catastrophe has killed more than 1,000 people with many more injured,” said U.N. Chief Antonio Guterres.

NASA images of Pakistan during monsoon season.
NASA says the monsoon rains were more intense and devastating than in most years, and eventually, the water had nowhere to go.

The Pakistan Meteorologist Department expects the monsoon season to taper off at the end of September.

An aerial view of Pakistan.
Homes are surrounded by floodwaters in Jaffarabad, a district of Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province.
AP

Satellites were able to document the historic flood from space. Images provided by Maxar and NASA shows just how enormous this year’s monsoon flooding has been.

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