Bangladesh – Government Increases Relief Operations as 650,000 Hit by Floods

Around 650,000 have people been affected by floods that hit northern and north-eastern districts in Bangladesh, the government said on Wednesday 13 July.

In neighbouring Assam state, India, around 1.7 million are currently affected by flooding. Over 40 people have reportedly died as a result.

Bangladesh

Flooding has affected parts of the country since early July after heavy rain in Bangladesh and upstream areas in India, China, Nepal and Bhutan have caused flooding since the beginning of July.

By 02 July, eight districts in Bangladesh were affected: Rangpur, Kurigram, Sirajganj, Jamalpur , Bogra, Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha, Nilphamari and the southern district of Cox’s Bazar. More recently parts of Sylhet and Moulvibazar districts have also been flooded.

As of 11 July, over 12,329 houses had been fully or partially damaged. More than 14,000 hectares of crop land and 535 educational institutions were inundated.

Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya said that the government has increased distribution of relief goods among those affected.

Rivers

In a statement of 14 July, Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) said that 16 of the 90 monitoring stations show rivers flowing above danger levels.

FFWC said that the Ganges-Padma and Kushiyara rivers are in rising trend and may continue to rise over the next few days. Meanwhile levels of tthe Brahmaputra-Jamuna and Surma rivers are steady.

In a report of 11 July, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) said that “India opened 54 gates at Gazaldoba barrage across the Teesta river. As a result, the onrush of water from upstream India swelled the cross-border rivers Teesta and Dharla overnight, worsening the flood situation in the North of Bangladesh on 10 July.”

Landslides in June

The country is still reeling from the devastating landslides that hit after a period of torrential rain from 12 June, 2017.  Some areas recorded more than 500 mm in 48 hours, almost the equivalent to the average for the whole of June.

Deadly landslides were reported in Rangamati, Bandarban, Khagrachhari, Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong districts.

As many as 164 people died (Bandarban 6, Chittagong 37, Rangamati 118, Cox’s Bazar 2, Khagrachhari 1) and 100 were injured.

Featured photo for illustration only. Credit: Bangladesh Department of Disaster Management

Flood Summary

Last updated: July 17, 2017
Event
Bangladesh, July 2017
Date
July 2, 2017
Type
River flood
Cause
Long-term rainfall

Locations

A - Rangpur
B - Kurigram
C - Sirajganj
D - Jamalpur
E - Bogra
F - Lalmonirhat
G - Gaibandha
H - Nilphamari
I - Cox’s Bazar
J - Sylhet
K - Moulvibazar

Magnitude

River level
20.37 metres
Jamuna river at Bahadurabad - July 14 to July 14, 2017
danger level 19.5
River level
24.35 metres
Brahmaputra river at Chilmari - July 14 to July 14, 2017
danger level 24
River level
17.28 metres
Jamuna river at Sariakandi - July 14 to July 14, 2017
danger level 16.7
River level
22.13 metres
Ghagot river at Gaibandha - July 14 to July 14, 2017
danger level 21.7
River level
16.52 metres
Kushiyara river at Amalshid
danger level 15.85
Rainfall level
200 mm in 24 hours
Durgapur - July 11 to July 12, 2017
Rainfall level
152 mm in 24 hours
Bogra - July 11 to July 12, 2017
Rainfall level
94 mm in 24 hours
Dhaka - July 11 to July 12, 2017
Rainfall level
90 mm in 24 hours
Dewanganj - July 11 to July 12, 2017
Rainfall level
80 mm in 24 hours
Rohanpur - July 12 to July 13, 2017
Rainfall level
57.5 mm in 24 hours
Noakhali - July 13 to July 14, 2017

Damages

Affected
650,000
July 2 to July 14, 2017
Fatalities
17 people
July 2 to July 17, 2017