Kabul airport, as seen from above, where thousands of Afghans wait in the hope of being evacuated. This satellite image by Maxar Technologies was published by The Washington Post. Image: Screenshot

Nations are racing to evacuate people from Afghanistan while experts worry that the ongoing crisis may cause a humanitarian disaster. Our NodeXL mapping from August 16 to 22, which tracks the most popular data journalism stories on Twitter, found maps by The New York Times and The Washington Post showing the chaos at Kabul airport as thousands of Afghans try to flee the Taliban.

The Dangerous Road Out

More than 70,000 people have so far been evacuated from Afghanistan and thousands more are looking to flee the country now controlled by the Taliban. Using satellite imagery, The New York Times showed how Taliban fighters occupy the space outside the airport in Kabul, blocking entrances and attacking civilians. The Washington Post took a similar approach capturing from above the desperate struggle of large crowds gathering around airplanes and trying to escape