Satellite imagery details historic floods in India

August 23, 2018  - By 0 Comments

DigitalGlobe has released pre- and post-event satellite imagery of the areas in India affected by heavy flooding.

According to the company, massive flooding devastated the Kerala state of India in late May and early August. At least 164 people were killed and more than 223,000 were displayed from their homes and are living in relief camps. In addition, Kerala has seen 40 percent more rainfall than normal since June, which has triggered landscapes in several districts.

In an effort to support disaster response and as a part of its Open Data Program, DigitalGlobe decided to publicly release the satellite images. According to the company, its Open Data Program supports the humanitarian community by providing critical and actionable information to assist response efforts.

Check out the before and after images below.

Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.

An overview of the fields and villages before the flood in the Kerala state of India in March 2018. (Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.)

Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.

An overview of the fields and villages during the flood in the Kerala state of India in August 2018. (Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.)

Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.

Before the flood in Champakulam in March 2018. (Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.)

Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.

A closeup of the flood in Champakulam in August 2018. (Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.)

Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.

Before the flooding in Moncompu, Kerala, in March 2018. (Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.)

Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.

During the flooding in Moncompu, Kerala, in August 2018. (Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.)

Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.

An overview of the roads and villages before the flooding in Kerala in March 2018. (Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.)

Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.

Trapped cars are on the roads in Kerala during the flooding in August 2018. (Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.)

Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.

People are stranded on a road southeast of Champakulam in August 2018. (Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.)

Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.

Vehicles are trapped on a road southeast of Champakulam in August 2018. (Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.)

Allison Barwacz

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Allison Barwacz is the senior digital media content producer for North Coast Media (NCM). She completed her undergraduate degree at Ohio University where she received a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She works across a number of digital platforms, which include creating e-newsletters, writing articles and posting across social media sites. She also creates content for NCM’s GPS World, Pit & Quarry, Portable Plants & Equipment and LP Gas magazines. Her understanding of the ever-changing digital media world allows her to quickly grasp what a target audience desires and create content that is appealing and relevant for any client across any platform. She can be reached at abarwacz@northcoastmedia.net.

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