[HOT] Floods in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Tue May 20 13:00:19 UTC 2014
"More than three months worth of rain fell in just a few days in May
2014 in the Balkan Peninsula of Europe, leading to devastating floods
and more than 3,000 landslides. The high water wiped out at least
100,000 structures and homes, killed thousands of livestock animals, and
exposed or moved many landmines that were set during 1990s warfare.
According to news accounts, more than 40 people have died so far and
nearly one million have been displaced and/or cut off from clean water
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua
satellite captured an image of flooding in Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia
and Herzegovina on May 19, 2014. The second image shows the same area
one year ago during a more typical spring. Turn on the image comparison
tool to see the difference.
The images are both composed with false color, using a combination of
infrared and visible light (MODIS bands 7-2-1). Flood water appears
black; vegetation is bright green; and bare ground is brown. This band
combination makes it easier to spot changes in river dimensions.
The flooding was caused by an extra-tropical cyclone (Tamara) that
pulled in moisture from the Mediterranean Sea for nearly three days.
Much of the water has swollen the Sava River, which cuts across the
middle of the peninsula. The event is considered the region’s worst
flood in more than 120 years of record-keeping. More than 40 percent of
Bosnia and Herzegovina was thought to be in some level of flooding."
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