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