Published on 31 January 2023
The winter season in Afghanistan is proving to be one of the coldest in decades, with temperatures reaching -33°C. The harsh weather conditions, characterised by heavy snowfall and frost, are causing widespread devastation throughout the country. The severe weather has caused the death of at least 80,000 heads of livestock and buildings and infrastructure have been significantly damaged. Moreover, the devastating impact of the ongoing harsh winter conditions resulted in more than 160 casualties.
The data acquired by Copernicus Sentinel-2 and -3 satellites are particularly suitable for mapping snow cover and monitoring vulnerable communities around the world.
Copernicus. (2023, January 30). Exceptionally cold winter is gripping Afghanistan. Image of the Day. https://www.copernicus.eu/en/media/image-day-gallery/exceptionally-cold…