Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
The Aqua MODIS instrument acquired this false-color image of floods inIndochina on October 20, 2002. The floods, shown in dark blue and black, are the result of heavy rains during themonsoon season. Floods are not unusual in this region, but this year´s have been particularly destructive anddeadly. The monsoon season lasts from May to November. Flood damage has been particularly bad since 2000, whenCambodia (center) experienced its worst flooding in 70 years.
The Tonle Sap lake in the center of Cambodia shows some flooding, as does the Mekong River flowing south from Laos(top right corner), past the southern edge of the Tonle Sap, and into southern Vietnam (bottom), where it forms theMekong River Delta. To the north of Cambodia is Thailand. In this image, clouds are light blue and white, water isdark blue and black, and solid land is bright green.
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