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Vietnam: Satellite Detected Surface Waters Extent in Ho Chi Minh City Area (Imagery analysis: 18 December 2017 | Published 19 December 2017)

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This map illustrates the satellite-detected surface waters extent in Ho Chi Minh City area and surroundings, as observed from the Radarsat-2 SAR image acquired on 18 December 2017. In the analysed area (~3000 km2) about 5,400 ha of lands, mainly agricultural and paddy fields are likely flooded. In addition, using WorldPop data, we can estimate that ~220,000 people are living within flooded areas. It is likely that flood waters have been systematically underestimated along highly vegetated areas along main river banks and within built-up urban areas because of the special characteristics of the satellite data used. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR - UNOSAT.