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New satellite images reveal largest Pakistani lake overflowing dangerously

successive satellite images show growing lake begin to overflow

The region around Lake Manchar on July 25, Aug. 28 and Sept. 5, 2022, captured by NASA Landsat 8 and 9 satellites.(Image credit: NASA)

After weeks of extreme monsoon rains, Pakistan’s largest freshwater lake started overflowing in early September, putting thousands of people vulnerable to losing their homes, new satellite images reveal.

The images, captured by NASA’s Landsat 8 and Landsat 9 satellites, show breaches in the banks of Lake Manchar, a few of which were made intentionally by local authorities to avoid the overfilled lake from spilling into densely populated areas in the Indus River Valley.

The images show the pre-flood situation on July 25 and detail the growing extent of the flooding on Aug. 28 and Sept. 5.

Related: Satellite view reveals scope of apocalyptic flooding in Pakistan

Some 100,000 people surviving in several hundred villages scattered over the valley are in threat of flooding because of the breaches, NASA officials wrote in a statement (opens in new tab). The floods, referred to as Pakistan’s worst in at the very least ten years, have killed a lot more than 1,300 people and injured thousands more. Over 1 million homes have already been destroyed and thousands of people are displaced.

inset of satellite view

A zoomed-in satellite image captured Sept. 5, 2022, shows Lake Manchar water flowing from breaches. (Image credit: NASA)

Pakistan’s Sindh province, where Lake Manchar is situated, is among the most severely suffering from the flooding. The region has recently received five times its average annual rainfall this season, NASA said in the statement. More rain is probable in the coming days, based on the U.K. weather forecaster Met Office.

The federal government of Pakistan declared a national emergency on Aug. 30, requesting international support to provide food, normal water and health supplies and assist with the affected communities.

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Tereza is really a London-based science and technology journalist, aspiring fiction writer and amateur gymnast. Originally from Prague, the Czech Republic, she spent the initial seven years of her career working as a reporter, script-writer and presenter for various TV programmes of the Czech Public Service Television. She later took a lifetime career break to pursue further education and added a Master’s in Science from the International Space University, France, to her Bachelor’s in Journalism and Master’s in Cultural Anthropology from Prague’s Charles University.She worked as a reporter at the Engineering and Technology magazine, freelanced for a variety of publications including Live Science, Space.com, Professional Engineering, Via Satellite and Space News and served as a maternity cover science editor at the European Space Agency.

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