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09 Nov 2015 description
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acquired October 23, 2015
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acquired November 8, 2014


An Earth-observing satellite has observed one of the largest landslides not caused by an earthquake that scientists have observed in a decade. The landslide occurred in Chin, a remote state in western Myanmar (Burma), after slow-moving Tropical Storm Komen drenched the area in July 2015.

31 Aug 2015 description

BANGKOK, August 31, 2015 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) today launched “SERVIR-Mekong,” a project to promote the use of satellite imagery to help Asia’s Lower Mekong region better predict and cope with floods and other natural disasters and increase resilience to the negative effects of climate change.

13 Aug 2015 description
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acquired August 3, 2015
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acquired August 29, 2013


In May 2015, hot, dry weather was a concern for farmers in the Magway Region of Burma (Myanmar). Just a year before, drought destroyed many of the area’s crops. But dryness in May 2015 gave way to flooding in the monsoon season. Heavy rains have harmed crops, displaced thousands of residents, and lead to numerous deaths across the nation.

02 Aug 2013 description
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acquired August 2, 2013
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acquired June 15, 2013

Myanmar’s Irrawady and Chirtdwin Rivers were swollen with monsoon rains when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired the top image on August 2, 2013. While floods happen regularly during the summer monsoon, the 2013 floods have forced more than 30,000 people from their homes in the Kayin state, southeast of the area shown in this image.

06 Jul 2009 description

Floods swept across southern China and northern Vietnam in the wake of several days of extreme rain in early July 2009. This image, based on data collected by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite, shows rainfall anomalies for the week of June 29 through July 5, 2009. Blue indicates regions where rainfall was much heavier than average, while brown indicates that less rain fell than average.

05 May 2008 description

This pair of images from NASA's Landsat satellite shows the city and surrounding agricultural land before and after the storm. On March 18, 2008, the built up part of the city and its suburbs appear bluish purple, fallow cropland is pinkish-tan, and vegetation is dark green. The wide rivers are a muddy green.

04 May 2008 description

This image shows rainfall accumulations along Cyclone Nargis' path between April 27 and May 4, 2008, based on data from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite. Rainfall totals range from 0 (palest green) to 600 millimeters, which is just under 2 feet (dark blue). The path of the storm and its strength on various dates are shown as colored line segments (off-white to dark red).

21 May 2004 description

Unnamed tropical storm 02B came ashore along the northwest coast of Burma (Myanmar) on the 19th of May 2004 bringing with it strong winds and heavy rains. The system formed in the northern Bay of Bengal on May 17, and moved east as a strong tropical storm with maximum sustained winds estimated at 60 knots (69 mph) by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center as it crossed the coast of Burma. The system came ashore near the port city of Sittwe not far from the border with Bangladesh.