The US Army Corps of Engineers detonated explosives at the Birds Point levee near Wyatt, Missouri, on May 2. Water from the intentional breach flooded a 130,000-acre stretch of land. Two more breaches were detonated on May 3 and 5. This image from the Advanced Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft shows the resultant flooding of farmland west of the Mississippi 20 miles south of the levee breach. On the image, vegetation is displayed in red, bare fields in gray and water in blue.
As the Mississippi River floods, its tributaries are backing up, with the Yazoo River even flowing in a reverse direction. It could not come at a worse time. Cotton and rice are starting to sprout.
Gas prices are expected to drop – perhaps quite a bit – as the wholesale price of gasoline tumbles. The size of the drop will depend on how long commodities prices remain low.
Mississippi flooding concerns are now shifting to the Delta region south of Memphis, Tenn. Residents are using tractors and building makeshift levees to avoid a repeat of the 1927 floods.
Commodities prices for grains, precious metals, and oil rise. Traders in farm commodities await government crop report.
Gawkers gathered beside the Mississippi River to see floodwaters near 48 feet. Most of the flood damage was in low-lying areas outside downtown Memphis.
Police spray Ugandan opposition party leaders with coloured water during demonstrations in the capital of Kampala. President Yoweri Museveni has vowed to crush the protests and blamed rising food and fuel costs on drought and global increases in oil prices.
Fifteen newly-married couples from China pose for photographers at the Parc des Eaux-vives in front of Lake Geneva, in Geneva.
Kevin Rhodes, participates in the first annual Mudquest Family Adventure at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, Texas, on Saturday.
Residents of the Mississippi River floodplain are sandbagging or evacuating as the flood crest pushes south. It will pass Memphis on Tuesday and hit southern Louisiana on May 23.