Bangladesh – Floods in North East Wipe Out Rice Crops

A long period of heavy rain from 29 March to 07 April caused flooding in Sylhet region in the north east of Bangladesh.

The country’s Department of Disaster Management reported that 102,875 people have been affected. Farms and public transport have also suffered damage.

In the city of Sylhet, 185 mm of rain fell in 24 hours between 29 and 30 March. Over 120 mm fell the following day and the rain has continued to fall. The Surma and Kushiyara rivers both exceeded danger levels at numerous points.

The Department of Disaster Management also reported that 125,885 hectares of crops, chiefly rice, were damaged. Local media say that many farmers have been forced to harvest remaining crops early rather than lose them to flooding.

Featured photo: File photo – Escaping the floods in Bangladesh. Photo: Bangladesh Department of Disaster Management

Flood summary

Last updated: April 7, 2017
Event
North East Bangladesh, April 2017
Date
March 30, 2017
Type
Inland flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall

Locations

A - Dharmapasha
B - Tahirpur
C - Jagannathpur
D - Chhatak
E - Companiganj
F - Gowainghat
G - Hakaluki Haor

Magnitude

Rainfall level
35 mm in 24 hours
Sylhet - April 6 to April 7, 2017
Rainfall level
62 mm in 24 hours
Netrokona Sadar - April 4 to April 5, 2017
Rainfall level
161 mm in 24 hours
Srimangal - April 4 to April 5, 2017
Rainfall level
67.4 mm in 24 hours
Netrokona Sadar - April 2 to April 3, 2017
Rainfall level
108.9 mm in 24 hours
Sylhet - April 2 to April 3, 2017
Rainfall level
49.3 mm in 24 hours
Sylhet - April 1 to April 2, 2017
Rainfall level
121.8 mm in 24 hours
Sylhet - March 31 to April 1, 2017
Rainfall level
185 mm in 24 hours
Sylhet - March 29 to March 30, 2017
River level
8.10 metres
Surma at Sunamganj - April 5 to April 5, 2017
River level
14.49 metres
Surma at Kanaighat - April 4 to April 4, 2017
Above danger level (13.20m) 01 to 07 April
River level
13.89 metres
Kushiyara at Sheola - April 5 to April 4, 2017
Above danger level (13.50) 03 April to 07 April
River level
9.0 metres
Kushiyara at Sherpur-Sylhet - April 6 to April 6, 2017
danger level is 9.0 m
River level
11.30 metres
Surma at Sylhet - April 4 to April 4, 2017
Above danger level (11.25) from 02 April to 05 April

Damages

Affected
102,875
April 1 to April 7, 2017
Additional
125,885
April 1 to April 7, 2017
Agricultural land (mostly rice)