The Mirani Dam is located on the Dasht River in southern Pakistan. Completed in 2006, the dam created a reservoir with a depth of 244 feet. The reservoir provides water for irrigation, clean drinking water, hydroelectric power, and flood control. 

Though the dam provides a constant supply of water for irrigation and human consumption, heavy rains in 2007 raised the reservoir to 271 feet, and over 15,000 people were displaced when a number of small communities were flooded. Legal actions are in process to help the displaced citizens and to adjust the water levels. 

Landsat images show the Mirani Dam area in 1999 and 2011. The images show the development of the reservoir and the expanded agricultural activities in the region, activities supported by the irrigation resources provided by the dam.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012