Minimize Flooding in Brazil - June-July 2014

Brasilia, Brazil: Nearly a week of torrential rain has triggered widespread floods in southern Brazil that have forced 6,000 people from their homes, officials said on Saturday. Most of those evacuated were in Rio Grande do Sul, according to the state's emergency agency, which said that in just five days there was more than twice the average rainfall for the entire month of June, while the Uruguay River was 18 metres (59 feet) above normal. An emergency has been declared in three towns in the state. In neighbouring Santa Catarina state, the floods ruptured a dam and 200 families were evacuated from the surrounding area as a precaution. More than 1,400 people were forced from their homes in all in the state. The state of Parana was also hit by heavy rains this month, causing floods that killed 11 people and affected more than 700,000.

Image of flood
Sao Borja (Rio Grande do Sul State)

This image acquired along the Uruguay river, located in the coastal range of southern Brazil, aims to show the large flood that started at the end of June in proximity of Sao Borja city. In this image it is remarkable to see how the waters of the river have flooded the surrounding areas and broken the banks of the river. Using the different bands combination, available via links below, the flooded area is shown in light brown, violet and green in the three images.

With these images we want to promote the opportunity to download Landsat data through the ESA portals, where images captured every day are made available in near real time to the users and the scientific community.

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View Landsat 8 OLI high resolution image bands combination 832 (JPG 3 MB)

View Landsat 8 OLI high resolution image bands combination 863 (JPG 3 MB)

View Landsat 8 OLI high resolution image bands combination 542 (JPG 3 MB)

Technical Information of original image
Product: Geo Tiff format
Satellite/Sensor: Landsat 8 OLI
Resolution: 30 metres (15 metre Pan)
Coverage: 180 x 180 KM
Acq. Date: 05 July 2014
Band Combination used to create this image: Merge of Multispectral bands + Panchromatic band
Map of area

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