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Floods in Pakistan

Spot 5 observes the Indus burst its banks under Attock’s bridges

The particularly heavy monsoon rains in late July 2010 has caused rivers to burst their banks in several locations in Pakistan. The Spot 4 and Spot 5 satellites have been mobilised by Europe’s SAFER service and by the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters.

Attock City, an example

The Kabul River, which rises in Afghanistan, flows into the Indus, itself originating in the Himalayas. The Kabul and Indus join north of Attock, a stopover city on the silk route, before surging into a canyon. The rivers swell at the entrance of the canyon and cover a large area.

Attock City stands at the entrance of the canyon. Two road bridges are threatened by the rising water levels, which have already engulfed several buildings. Further south, in the canyon, a railway bridge shakes above the raging waters.

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