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 International Charter Space and Major Disasters
Product ID: 1480 - English
Published: 18 Aug, 2010
GLIDE: FL-2010-000141-PAK

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This map presents an updated time series analysis of the dramatic expansion of flood water outflow from the Indus River north of the city of Sukkur, Sindh Province, Pakistan covering the period from 8 to 18 August 2010. This analysis is based on post-disaster satellite imagery collected by Modis sensors from 8-18 August 2010 and Radarsat-2 data on 10 August 2010. Please note that the numbers of affected locations presented in this map represent minimum estimates; because of limitations in available settlement and transportation datasets it is certain that the numbers of affected villages, towns and affected infrastructure / transportation lines are underestimated; Also note that detected water bodies likely reflect an underestimation of all flood-affected areas within the map extent. This analysis has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT. Map scale for A3: 1:500,000: Projection : UTM Zone 42N; Datum : WGS-84.
ANALYSIS SUMMARY: Flood waters have continued to rapidly advance north-west into Balochistan Province as part of the massive outflow from the Indus River caused by a suspected canal breach on 8-9 August 2010, north of Sukkur barrage, Sindh Province. Between 8 and 18 August, this outflow body of water has advanced over 120km from the original breach line, covering a total of 2,670 km2, likely inundating approximately 530 villages and 13 towns / cities, along with over 533 km of main roads and 57 km of railway lines and the Shahbaz AB airport. The city of Jaccobabad is severely affected, with flood waters nearly surrounding the city; Route N-65 and the railway leading north are flooded, as are additional road and rail links to the east and west, leaving the only open route south, however 15km of route N-65 to Shikarpur is also flooded. Based on a preliminary assessment of the water flow direction over the last two days it appears that Jacobabad is at risk of being completely encircled by flood water, leaving no functional land transport routes for aid or evacuation.
Crisis Satellite Data (1) : MODIS Aqua & Terra
Resolution : 250 meters
Image Date : 8-18 August 2010
Source : NASA Rapid Response
Crisis Satellite Data (2) : RADARSAT-2
Resolution : 25 meters
Image Date : 5 August 2010
Copyright : Radarsat 2 © MDA 2010
Source : Canadian Space Agency
Transport Data : Google Map Maker
Transport Data Copyright: © 2009 Google - Improve
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Refugee Data : UNHCR
Hospital Data : WHO
Flood Analysis : UNITAR / UNOSAT
Map Production : UNITAR / UNOSAT