Bangladesh – Thousands Isolated as Rivers Rise

The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre ( FFWC) in Bangladesh is reporting that rivers in at least 9 locations are at or above danger level, and 2 rivers in the east and south-east are at severe level (more than 1 metre above flood stage).

Heavy rain in parts of the country and neighbouring Indian states has increased river levels over the last 2 days. FFWC said that all the major rivers are in rising trend and may continue to rise over the next 72 hours.

River flood warnings in Bangladesh, as of 12 July 2019. Image: Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre, BWDB, Bangladesh


As of 12 July, the Surma River at Kanaighat in the eastern Sylhet Division stood at 13.20 metres (danger level is 12.25).

News agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) said flooding from the Surma and several small rivers submerged settlements and roads in areas of Sunamganj district, affecting over 10,000 homes.


Flooding from the Jamuna and Teesta rivers affected thousands in the Lalmonirhat and Kurigram districts, Rangpur Division, marooned several thousands and inundated scores of villages and localities, according to BSS.

As of 12 July the Teesta river stood at 29.31 metres at Kaunia in Lalmonirhat, above the danger mark of 29.20 metres. The Water Development Board has opened all 44 sluice gates of the Teesta Barrage.


Further south, the Sangu at Bandarban, Chittagong Division, stood at 17.16 metres, where danger is 15.25 metres.

According to BSS, flooding from the river in Bandarban cut-off the district’s communication lines with rest of the country and affecting as well its internal communication systems.

Rohingya Camps, Chittagong Division

The United Nations reported last week that heavy rainfall had caused 26 landslides in Rohingya refugee settlement areas in Cox’s Bazar. Over 270 shelters were destroyed and 11 people injured.

According to Inter Sector Coordination Group reports, further landslides and flooding were reported on 11 July.

Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG-ECHO) reported on 12 July that, since 02 July, a total of 46,685 people have been affected, and 5,835 displaced within refugee camps in Ukhia and Teknaf Upazilas of Cox’s Bazar. Two deaths have been reported.

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Featured photo: File photo for illustration. Bangladesh floods south western district of Satkhira, 2012. Photo: DG-ECHO