First satellite imagery of flooding in southern India

South eastern India has recently experienced major flooding. The floods have been caused by a combination of unusually high rainfall and a number of human factors, including unplanned urban development on former wetlands and other natural sinks and possibly poor reservoir management.

As they usually do for major disasters, Google has set up this Google Crisis Response page and also released some imagery from DigitalGlobe, which you can view on this map.


The imagery is black & white and rather cloudy, but the extent of the flooding can clearly be seen.

There doesn’t seem to be a way to view the images in Google Earth, so we hope they release a KML file as they have on previous occasions.

For more on the flooding and some photos see this article

Google has recently done an imagery update in Google Earth, but there is no recent imagery for the area affected by the floods. The update includes imagery up to November 30th, 2015.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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