Russia Flood Map – Before and After

Huge amaouns of rainfall throughout August has left Russia’s Far Eastern province experiencing the worst floods in 120 years. The affected areas are Khabarovsk, Amur and the Jewish Autonomous region. Areas of north eastern China, along Russia’s border, have also been inundated.

Amur and Khabarovsk saw 30cm of rainfall in the first half of August. Figures seem to vary, but the number of those affected stands at around 50,000. Some reports claim 20,000 people have already been evacuted.

The Amur River levels reached record heights on 21st August, stading at just under 7 metres. If levels go 80cm higher, authorities believe many residents of Khabarovsk – a city of half a million population – will have to be evacuated.

To give an idea of the scale of the floods, Nasa Earth Observatory have released satellite images of before and after the floods.

Before:

After:

According to NASA:

The clouds cleared on August 21, 2013, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired the top image. The false-color image is made from shortwave-infrared, near-infrared, and red light. In this type of image, water is black or dark blue. Sediment-laden water or muddy ground is pale blue. Clouds are turquoise; plant-covered land is green; and bare earth is tan-pink.

The lower (before) image, taken on August 21, 2008, shows conditions during drier times. The contrast reveals extensive flooding along the Amur and Ussuri rivers. Widespread floods also color many of the tributaries of the two rivers.