Severe flooding in India and Pakistan

Severe flooding in India and Pakistan

2 September 2014 09:00 UTC–9 September 06:00 UTC

Severe flooding in India and Pakistan
Severe flooding in India and Pakistan

Meteosat-7 infrared imagery covering the six days of rain which caused major floods in parts of Kashmir and Pakistan in September.

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06 September 2022

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02 September 2014

During this year's monsoon season, six consecutive days of heavy rain caused the worst floods for 50 years in Indian-administered Kashmir. More than 200 people were reported to have died and many more affected when the Jhelum and Chenab rivers swelled, causing flooding in both Kashmir and Pakistan.

In the Punjab province of Pakistan, some areas saw around 300mm (12 inches) of rain falling in less than 24 hours.

The Meteosat-7 animation (Figure 1) shows the persistent cloud cover over the region of Kashmir. The precipitation areas, related to the monsoon, were not of a convective nature, so were not easy to pick up by the satellite. They did not feature as high cumulonimbus towers in the troposphere, but as shallow stratiform rain.

Figure 1: Meteosat-7 IR, 2 September 2014 09:00 UTC–9 September 06:00 UTC

On the shorter enhanced infrared, taken on 4-6 September (Figure 2), intense areas of rain (shown as red) can be seen over Jammu and Kashmir.

Figure 2: Meteosat enhanced infrared, 4 September 22:00 UTC–6 September 06:15 UTC
 

Additional content

India and Pakistan Strain as Flooding Kills Hundreds (New York Times)
In pictures: Deadly Kashmir floods (BBC News) Monsoon rain and Kashmir floods (BBC Weather video)