Floods in 20 Bangladesh Districts After Rivers Overflow

Heavy monsoon rainfall in Bangladesh and river catchment areas have pushed levels of several of the country’s major rivers.

In some areas the Jamuna river is 65 cm above danger level, the Atrai 88 cm above danger level and the Kangsha 123 cm above danger levels.

Mymensingh District has seen 65 cm of rain fall this month – around 25cm more than normal for August.

Yesterday, officials from the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), part of the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) said that the current flood situation has so far affected around 75,000 people across 20 districts and is expected to get worse in some areas. There are no official figures regarding the number of displaced.

No deaths have been reported. Relief supplies are being sent out to the affected areas. Getting food supplies and clean drinking water to those in the flooded areas are a priority. The flooding has also affected around 40,000 hectares of farmland.

River Levels

The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and Padma are still dangerously high and recent heavy rainfall is likely to push levels further over the next 3 days.

Levels of the Ganges are currently not at flood stage and are expected to fall over the coming days. BWDB also expect levels of the Surma-Kushiyara system to fall over the next 48 hours.

The rivers around the capital Dhaka – Buriganga, Balu, Turag and Tongi Khal – are increasing but may not reach flood stage, according to FFWC as of 27 August 2014.

Affected Areas

Currently the districts worst affected are: Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Bogra, Jamalpur, Tangail, Shariotpur, Madaripur, Munshiganj, Rajbari and Faridpur.

FFWC reports earlier today said that they expect the flood situation in these districts to deteriorate over the next 2 days.

The districts of Netrokona, Sunamganj and Sylhet have also been affected by floods from overflowing rivers but the situation is expected to improve over the coming days.

Rainfall Figures

26 August 2014

  • Durgapur – 65 mm
  • Mymensingh 85 mm
  • Jamalpur – 52 mm

25 August 2014

Sunamganj – 135 mm
Lourergorh – 370 mm

Higher than August Average

Around June to October is the rainy season for Bangladesh. This August has been particularly wet one for some areas.

Lourergorh has seen over 2000 mm of rain fall this month – over double the normal amount for August (880 mm). Mymensingh has already seen 650 mm of rain fall in august this year, around 250 mm more than nornmal. Dalia, Dewanganj, Rangpur and Sylhet have all seen more than average rainfall amounts for August.

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File photo: Floods surround a house in Bangladesh, 2009. Photo credit

Neighbouring Indian States

The Brahmaputra and other rivers are also causing flooding in neighbouring Indian states.

In Meghalaya, 117,292 people have been affected by the floods in 132 villages in the plain belt areas of Garo Hills after the Brahmaputra overflowed.

Nearly 100,000 people remain in relief camps after flooding in Assam after floods have affected wide areas of the state for over 1 week.

West Bengal is also experiencing severe flooding, although mostly as a result of the overflowing Teesta river.