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 International Charter Space and Major Disasters
Product ID: 1443 - English
Published: 19 May, 2010
GLIDE: LS-2010-000004-PAK

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This map illustrates the current extent of the Ataabad Lake as detected in Radarsat-2 satellite data recorded on 15 May 2010. The lake was caused by a landslide across the Hunza River on 4 January 2010, in Hunza-Nagar district, Pakistan. The lake is currently rising due to recent glacial melt and rainfall, and there is a distinct threat of sudden outflow / overtopping of the dam. The pre-landslide Hunza river extent was extracted from ALOS ANVIR 2 satellite imagery recorded on 10 September 2009. It has been estimated that approximately 7.5km of the Karakoram Highway (KKH) has been flooded by the lake and at least two main bridges have been submerged. This flood assessment is a preliminary analysis & has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT. Map scale for A3: 1:50,000; Projection : UTM Zone 43N; Datum : WGS-84.
(Post) Satellite Data : RADARSAT 2
Resolution : 25m
Polarization : HH
Radar Dates : 15 May 2010
Copyright : Radarsat-2 © MDA 2010
Source : Canadian Space Agency
Elevation Data : Aster GDEM
Source : METI & NASA 2009
(Pre) Satellite Data : ANVIR 2
Resolution : 10 m
Radar Dates : 10 September 2009
Source : JAXA
Road Data : Open Street Map
Flood Analysis : UNITAR / UNOSAT
Map Production : UNITAR / UNOSAT