Flooding along the White Nile, Sudan

Flooding along the White Nile, Sudan
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Heavy rains in Sudan flooded the White Nile between August 3-11, 2003. These images from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra and Aqua satellites show the river on June 19 and August 1, swollen from rains. The area between the White Nile and the Blue Nile to the east is dotted with pools of standing water as well. In the false-color images, water is blue, vegetation is bright green, naturally bare soil and low vegetation are tan and drab green, and clouds are light blue and white. The flooding has displaced 13,000 people, leaving more than 3,000 homeless, and destroying crops.

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  • Data Date:

    August 11, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    August 14, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration