Kerala India Flood 2018

Start Date

August 22, 2018

Overview

Severe floods, which began in July 2018 have affected the south Indian state of Kerala due to unusually high rainfall during the monsoon season.  This has been the worst flooding in Kerala in nearly a century.  To date, over 483 people have died, and 14 are missing.  A least a million people have been evacuated from the area.  According to the Kerala government, one-sixth of the total population of the state have been directly affected by the floods and related impacts.  The Indian government has declared it a Level 3 Calamity, or “calamity of a severe nature”. Heavy rains have causes severe landslides and left many people in the hilly districts of the state isolated and cut off from outside assistance.  

The Multispectral Instrument on the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 satellite acquired this image (bands 11-8-3) on August 22, 2018, after flood water had inundated the area. The images are false-color, which makes flood water appear dark blue. Vegetat

The Multispectral Instrument on the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 satellite acquired this image (bands 11-8-3) on August 22, 2018, after flood water had inundated the area. The images are false-color, which makes flood water appear dark blue. Vegetation is bright green. NASA Earth Observatory images by Lauren Dauphin, using modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2018) processed by the European Space Agency and Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey. 

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August 18, 2018
Flood map for Kerala
In the maximum observed flooding map, areas in RED are flooding mapped from Copernicus Sentinel 1 SAR data provided by the European Space Agency. Areas in PURPLE are currently flooded and also flooded in previous years. Areas in BLUE are covered by a reference normal water extent. Areas in LIGHT GRAY are all previously mapped flooding, since 1999....