Bangladesh – Floods Worsen as Death Toll Rises

The Department of Disaster Management in Bangladesh has said that the death toll from the flood situation that began in mid August has increased to 117, according to local media reports

As of Sunday 20 August, over 6.1 million people in 31 districts were affected, with around 300,000 in temporary camps set up by authorities.

Among the worst hit areas is the district of Kurigram, where 30 deaths have been reported. On 20 August Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited Kurigram and also parts of Dinajpur district, to see the devastation caused by the ongoing flood.

Local media also say that the flooding has damaged 280 dams, around 2,800 kilometres of roads and 123 bridges and culverts throughout the country.

Rivers and Rainfall

Among the 90 monitored water level stations, 27 river stations were recorded flowing above danger level, according to a bulletin issued by the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) 21 August.

FFWC added that the Brahmaputra-Jamuna, Padma, Surma and Kushiyara rivers are in falling trend, while the Ganges river is in slightly rising trend.

In the last few days some rivers have shown a rising trend, despite already being above the danger mark. These include the Dhaleswari at Jagir, the Mohananda at Rohanpur and Chapai-Nawabganj, the Lakhya at Lakhpur and Narayanganj, and the Padma at Sureswar.

The heavy rain appears to have eased over the last 2 to 3 days in Bangladesh. FFWC reports that, since 19 August, the only significant rainfall totals (above 50 mm) were Kanaighat, Sylhet District, 72 mm on 20 August and Sylhet, Sylhet district 66 mm on 19 August.

Flood Summary

Last updated: August 21, 2017
Event
Bangladesh, August 2017
Date
August 10, 2017
Type
River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall

Locations

A - Kurigram
B - Gaibandha
C - Bogra
D - Sirajganj
E - Panchagarh
F - Thakurgaon
G - Dinajpur
H - Nilphamari
I - Rangpur
J - Lalmonirhat

Magnitude

River level
20.80 metres
Jamuna river at Bahadurabad - August 15 to August 15, 2017
Record level is 20.71, danger level 19.50
River level
17.84 metres
Jamuna river at Sariakandi - August 15 to August 15, 2017
Record level is 19.07, danger level 16.70
River level
16.56 metres
Jamuna river at Kazipur - August 15 to August 15, 2017
danger level 15.24
River level
14.61 metres
Jamuna river at Serajganj - August 15 to August 15, 2017
Record level is 15.12, danger level 13.35
River level
11.40 metres
Kangsha river at Jariajanjail - August 15 to August 15, 2017
Record level is 13.37, danger level 9.75
River level
33.58 metres
Jamuneswari river at Badarganj - August 15 to August 15, 2017
Record level is 32.92, danger level 32.16
Rainfall level
200 mm in 24 hours
Lourergorh - August 13 to August 13, 2017
Rainfall level
198.7 mm in 24 hours
Dinajpur - August 13 to August 13, 2017
Rainfall level
188 mm in 24 hours
Durgapur - August 13 to August 13, 2017
Rainfall level
195 mm in 24 hours
Lourergorh - August 14 to August 14, 2017
Rainfall level
255.2 mm in 24 hours
Chandpur - August 15 to August 15, 2017
Rainfall level
160 mm in 24 hours
Comilla - August 15 to August 15, 2017
Rainfall level
66 mm in 24 hours
Sylhet, Sylhet district - August 19 to August 19, 2017
Rainfall level
72 mm in 24 hours
Kanaighat, Sylhet District - August 20 to August 20, 2017
River level
20.20 metres
Jamuna at Bahadurabad - August 20 to August 20, 2017
record 20.71 , danger 19.50
River level
20.27 metres
Karatoa at Chakrahimpur - August 20 to August 20, 2017
record 21.41, danger 20.15
River level
10.07 metres
Jamuna at Aricha - August 20 to August 20, 2017
record 10.76, danger 9.40

Damages

Fatalities
117 people
August 10 to August 21, 2017
Affected
1,300,000
August 10 to August 16, 2017
Evacuated
368,000
August 10 to August 16, 2017

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