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23 Jul 1999 description

Torrential monsoon rains lashing Bangladesh have flooded hundreds of villages, leaving 19 people dead and nearly one million displaced or marooned.

At least 70,000 people have been evacuted to shelters after the rain-swollen Gumti River breached parts of a mud levee.

Its waters have inundated more than 200 villages in eastern Comilla district, affected more than 600,000 people and destroyed their rice crops.

Dhaka's Flood Forecast and Warning Centre says another 300,000 people have been hit by flooding in the country's northern and western regions.

21 Jul 1999 description

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 99/0088
Bangladesh - Floods
OCHA Situation Report No. 3
21 July 1999

General Situation

1. The Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Dhaka reports that continuous rain in most of Bangladesh contributed to the significant rise of water levels in most of the rivers of all four basins: Brahmaputra, Ganges, Meghna and South Eastern Hill.

21 Jul 1999 description

DHAKA, July 21 (Reuters) - Meteorologists warned on Wednesday that Bangladesh faced the prospect of devastating flooding this month from persistent monsoon rains.

Large areas of southeastern Comilla district are already flooded after the Gomti river broke through an embankment 10 days ago that had been protecting half a million people.

The deluge is continuing and may increase over the next few days when weather officials expect heavy rains to sweep the country's north, northeastern and southeastern regions.

"Water levels in all major rivers are rising with …

20 Jul 1999 description

DHAKA, July 20 (Reuters) - Heavy rains are frustrating rescue efforts in Bangladesh's flooded Comilla district where nearly 70,000 people have been shifted to shelters with many more still marooned, officials said on Tuesday.

They said rains which ceased before the weekend returned on Monday, adding to the misery of about half a million people taking the brunt of the flooding after the Gomti river breached an embankment in the town of Ebderpur 10 days ago.

Ebderpur is 115 km (70 miles) southeast of the capital Dhaka.

Officials put the number of people made homeless at …

15 Jul 1999 description

By Nizam Ahmed

DHAKA, July 15 (Reuters) - Soldiers in speed boats evacuated more people from flooded villages on Thursday and ferried food to those still huddled in their half-submerged homes after a river burst an embankment leaving some 70,000 people homeless.

The raging Gomti river that swelled above danger levels after heavy rain caused havoc in Bangladesh's Comilla district, southeast of the capital Dhaka, flooding more than 30 villages.

About half the homeless have been shifted to shelters by the local administration and army.

14 Jul 1999 description
report United Nations

United Nations Resident Coordinators Stress Need for Preventive Measures, Coordination, Long-Term Funding for Durable Reconstruction

14 Jul 1999 description

DHAKA, July 14 (Reuters) - Soldiers, police and volunteers on Wednesday intensified a battle to evacuate thousands of people and save property after a swollen river burst its banks and flooded nearly 30 villages.

"There has been no success yet," said an official monitoring the efforts.

13 Jul 1999 description
report United Nations

Major Increase in Funding Said to be Ultimate Solution for Enhancing Humanitarian Assistance

13 Jul 1999 description

OCHA/GVA - 99/0082
Bangladesh - Floods
OCHA Situation Report No. 2

13 Jul 1999 description

Dhaka (dpa) - Army volunteers joined civilian rescue workers Tuesday to save a river dyke from crumbling as tropical floods swamped towns and villages in eastern and northern Bangladesh, leaving millions homeless, officials said.

Government officials said Tuesday at least five people have died and 12 others have been missing after torrential rains pounded the lush rice plains in eastern Comilla district where the Gumti river swept away parts of a dyke overnight.

12 Jul 1999 description

Dhaka, Bangladesh, 12 July 1999 - The overall flood situation in the country deteriorated further on Sunday as heavy downpours and onrush of waters from upstream inundated vast low-lying areas.

12 Jul 1999 description

DHAKA, July 12 (Reuters) - Bangladesh is bracing for widespread floods due to heavy rains that have swelled rivers throughout the country and forced one through an embankment, a government minister said on Monday.

"The Gomti river washed away part of an embankment sending torrents of water down many villages in the district of Comilla," Water Resources Minister Abdur Razzak said.

"Army has been called in to help reinforce the embankment but doing the job is difficult," he told a news conference.

"Floods may come again this year...and so I call upon …

09 Jul 1999 description
report Xinhua

DHAKA (July 9) XINHUA - The Bangladeshi government is considering some food security strategies to do away with continued dependence on the food import, the Daily Star newspaper reported Friday.

The strategies include keeping the public sector food reserve at one million tons at the minimum always and providing the vulnerable section of the rural poor with free food for at least two months during the lean period of the year when there are lesser job opportunities in the countryside, official sources were quoted as stating.

08 Jul 1999 description

Dhaka, Bangladesh, July 8, 1999 - Across Bangladesh hundreds of families have been rendered homeless because of soil erosion and rising water levels in almost all major rivers coupled with incessant rains. Strong currents in the rivers Padma, Jamuna and Brahmaputra have devoured vast low-lying and riverside areas as well as seriously damaged standing crops and properties.

07 Jul 1999 description

By Ruth Nabakwe, PANA Correspondent
GENEVA, Switzerland (PANA, 07/07/99) - Application of improved housing construction technologies could serve to minimise vulnerability of buildings, infrastructure and services in human settlements, the chief of Habitat, Lars Ludvigsen, said Wednesday.

07 Jul 1999 description

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 99/0078
Bangladesh - Floods
OCHA Situation Report No. 1

06 Jul 1999 description
report Xinhua

DHAKA (July 6) XINHUA - One-fifth of Bangladesh is flooded during the monsoon season from mid-June to September in normal years but that is not called a flood yet, experts said here Tuesday.