Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
In January, two weeks of heavy rain inundated Madagascar just before the island was struck by Cyclone Fari. The above image taken on January 31, 2003, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard the Terra satellite displays flooding in northwest Madagascar. Prior to being hit by the cyclone, floods throughout the country killed 13 people and forced several thousand from their homes. In this false-color image, water is solid blue and black, land is green and brown, and clouds are light blue and white.
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