Minimize Flood waters on the Irrawaddy

In May 2015, hot, dry weather was a concern for farmers in the Magway Region of Burma (Myanmar). Just a year before, drought destroyed many of the area's crops. But dryness in May 2015 gave way to flooding in the monsoon season. Heavy rains have harmed crops, displaced thousands of residents, and lead to numerous deaths across the nation.

The widespread flooding has affected many rivers, including the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady). The image was acquired by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat-8 satellite, shows the swollen Irrawaddy River on August 3, 2015.

The image is a composite of natural and false color. Areas of land are shown in natural color and appear brown and green. Areas with water are shown in false-color (including shortwave infrared) and appear bright blue. The artificially blue water makes it easier to see; during floods, disturbed sediment often colors rivers brown, which can make flood waters difficult to distinguish from land. Fully natural-color and false-color versions of both images are available for download.

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Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

Burma (Myanmar)


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