Home Natural Hazard Management Taiwan’s National Space Organisation has released satellite images of the Beichuan area

Taiwan’s National Space Organisation has released satellite images of the Beichuan area

Taiwan – The River running down from the mountains through Beichuan has been blocked by earth (seen as brown). Roads have been covered and buildings swept away.

Blocked rivers have formed around 30 lakes in the earthquake zone, like the one illustrated here above Beichuan. Lakes like this pose a serious flood risk to people living downstream. Creating channels to drain the lakes before any flooding can occur is now a key task for the Chinese authorities.