Bangladesh – Further Flooding Affects Thousands in Rangpur and Sylhet

Flooding has once again disrupted the lives of thousands of people in northern Bangladesh.

Recent heavy rainfall in the country along with river catchment areas in India, caused rivers to rise in Rangpur and Sylhet Divisions.

According to the country’s Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre, rivers in the north are at danger levels in 9 locations and at severe level (more than 1 metre above danger) in 3 locations: the Surma river at Sunamganj and Kanaighat, and the Jadukata river at Lourergorh.

Local media reported flooding in Gaibandha, Kurigram, Rangpur and Nilphamari districts in Rangpur Division from around 10 June. As of 16 June, the Dhaka Tribune said nearly 30 villages were affected in Rangpur, with around 25,000 people marooned.

Meanwhile flooding has affected wide areas of Sylhet District of Sylhet Division. Homes, roads and educational institutions have all been damaged. Flooded roads have left around 300,000 marooned. Flooding was also reported in Sylhet city after the Surma River broke its banks.

Second Major Flood in Weeks

This is the second major flood event in the region in the last few weeks.

Flooding in Sylhet Division affected over millions of people, including 1.6 million children, during May this year. Power and water infrastructure were severely damaged, along with over 7,000 homes.

The flooding had generally subsided by late May but further heavy rainfall on 06 June caused a landslide in Jaintapur, Sylhet Division, killing 4 members of a family in their home.

Flooding in north-eastern Bangladesh, May 2022. Photo: © UNICEF