The Jacui River at Rio Grande do Sul shows the already wide river banks being breeched by the rivers mocha brown waters. Within the river banks numerous islands in the river's delta now appear as only river bars. The main city shows roadway between rooftops the same color as the river unlike further inland where roads between homes appear dark from asphalt. The Salgado Filho International Airport field has disappeared entirely beneath the floodwaters.

Floods Engulf Porto Alegre

Torrential rains have unleashed widespread and destructive flooding in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil’s southernmost state. View the full story

Credits: NASA Earth Observatory / Wanmei Liang