Bangladesh: Floods and Landslides - Jun 2017Ongoing
Deadly mudslides triggered by torrential monsoon rains in southeastern Bangladesh are estimated to have claimed at least 135 lives. This disaster occurred just two weeks after Cyclone Mora killed 9 people and caused significant damage across the region. In addition to mudslides, the rains caused severe flooding in low-lying areas, causing significant damage to road and communication infrastructure. Remote communities in Bandarban, Chittagong and Rangamati districts have been cut off and remain without water, electricity, and food supplies. Communities of Rohingya refugees in Bandarban district may also have been affected. Further mudslides are feared due to continued rainfall.
The total estimated death toll currently stands at 98 from Rangamati district, 30 from Chittagong district and 7 from Bandarban district. Many others are injured and in need of medical assistance. (UN RC, 14 Jun 2017)
Renewed mudslides in south-eastern Bangladesh have claimed additional lives and further damage to homes and infrastructure. Collapsing hillsides and heavy flooding are now estimated to have killed over 150 people across five districts. (UN RC, 15 Jun 2017)
As of 16 June, floods and landslides in the Chittagong Hill Tract region and surrounding areas have killed 156 people. According to UNICEF, 30 to 40 per cent of water points in the affected areas are flooded.(OCHA, 19 Jun 2017)
The June landslides were the worst landslide-related disaster in Bangladesh since 2007. Beginning 13 June, the landslides resulted in the deaths of 160 people, injured 187 people, and destroyed 6,000 homes, despite being localized in impact. It affected about 80,000 people across five districts: Bandarban, Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Khagrachari and Rangamati.
While search and rescue interventions are ending, medical services are providing life-saving assistance. Central and local authorities are restoring road networks, power supply, and communication networks. Prices for basic commodities like fuel and water soared in the market due to the scarcity of goods. The power shortages hindered access to water. Access to health, nutrition assistance, and life-saving intervention was initially limited due to road damage. Protection-related concerns have also increased, particularly for children and women. (UN RC, 12 Jul 2017)
Monsoon rains have triggered flooding across 11 districts in northeastern Bangladesh, affecting at least 1.3 million people as of 16 July. NGO partners report that vast areas of Moulvibazar and Sylhet remain under water affecting agricultural livelihoods. The Government has released cash grants and distributed food to the affected districts. (OCHA, 17 Jul 2017)
On 22 and 23 July, new landslides affected the district of Bandarban in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, with preliminary reports indicating that 6 people have died and 4 people are still missing. Currently, 1,500 people in eight shelter camps are still receiving emergency shelter assistance and food assistance from national authorities. Complementing the government’s efforts, several humanitarian partners are providing shelter assistance, psychosocial support, NFIs and cash for food to 4,300 households. Other agencies are providing shelter, WASH and Sexual and Reproductive Health assistance to 1,500 households. (OCHA, 24 Jul 2017)
As of the end of July 2017, national authorities are sheltering roughly 1,500 persons, who receive three cooked meals per day. National authorities are also supporting landslide victims (the families of dead or injured people) through the provision of cash and food packages. The current level of assistance is saving lives — but it is insufficient to return to pre-disaster conditions. Gaps in all sectors of the response are significant. Sources of funds are mainly partners’ own resources, but also the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the START Fund. Furthermore, incessant heavy rainfall in the Chittagong Hill Tracts is exacerbating all humanitarian needs identified and increasing the risks of further landslides and floods. According to the government, some 39,164 persons remain severely affected in Bandarban and Rangamati districts. (UN RC Bangladesh, 31 Jul 2017)
Flooding has affected the eastern, southern and northern regions of Bangladesh. As of 14 August, 12 deaths have been confirmed, including six children. An estimated 586,000 people in 356 unions of 20 upazilas have been affected. The Government has opened 973 emergency flood shelters, hosting an estimated 68,500 people. The waters of 23 rivers have risen beyond the danger line and further heavy rain and an increased risk of landslides is forecast for coming days. The Government has allocated 31 million BDT and 10,630 MT of rice to flood-affected districts. A joint Humanitarian Coordination Team working group, comprising UN agencies, Government and civil society partners, is monitoring the situation and working to support and complement the Government’s efforts. (OCHA, 15 Aug 2017)
Appeals & Funding
Plan International has launched a multi-country response to flooding in the South Asian countries of India, Bangladesh and Nepal that has claimed hundreds of lives and displaced millions.
Plan International is providing humanitarian relief support to children and families in India, Bangladesh and Nepal who have lost their homes, personal belongings and livelihoods following weeks of heavy, torrential monsoon rains.
CARE teams provide relief in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh
Geneva, August 18, 2017. As massive flood waters sweep through the countries of Nepal, India, and Bangladesh, CARE is assisting affected people in all three countries with relief supplies. CARE teams have dispatched food, water, shelter materials, hygiene kits and household supplies to areas where people sought shelter and safety. Overall, approximately 16 million people have been affected across Nepal, India and Bangladesh.
BANGKOK – Global child rights organization Plan International is providing humanitarian relief support to children and families in India, Bangladesh and Nepal who have lost their homes, personal belongings and livelihoods following weeks of heavy, torrential monsoon rains in the South Asian countries.
This flood map is composited by Suomi-NPP/VIIRS data fromAug. 01 to 15, 2017, which reflects the maximal flood extent during this period in Bangladesh, part of India and Nepal. Water fraction means open water percentage in a VIIRS 375-m pixel.
Kuala Lumpur/Geneva, 18 August 2017 — A humanitarian crisis is unfolding across large areas in South Asia, with more than 16 million people affected by monsoon floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India.
“This is fast becoming one of the most serious humanitarian crises this region has seen in many years and urgent action is needed to meet the growing needs of millions of people affected by these devastating floods,” said Martin Faller, Deputy Regional Director for Asia Pacific, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
• Heavy monsoon rains have caused landslides and floods across northern India, southern Nepal and Bangladesh.
• A third of Bangladesh is under water. The situation is expected to worsen, as swollen rivers carry the flood water from upstream India into the low-lying and densely populated Brahmaputra delta.
• More heavy rain for the region in the coming days is forecasted.
• With many areas still not accessible, the number of people affected is likely to rise further.
This bulletin is issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) has requested International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to launch disaster relief emergency fund (DREF). BDRCS also accepts direct local and international assistance to provide support to the affected population.
Overview of Flood, August 2017
The major rivers in the northern and central region of Bangladesh continue to flow above the danger mark in many places, new areas in the central region are inundated.
The death toll has increased to 107, with 3.9 million people affected.
Initial assessments indicate drinking water, food, and health support are immediate needs. The Humanitarian Country Task Team has called an emergency meeting on 19 August to discuss the situation.
As of 17 August, an estimated 20 out of a total 64 districts have been affected by floods. The situation was raised as a concern on 11 August. An estimated 3.5–3.9 million people have been affected. The affected districts span north, northeast, and southeast Bangladesh. As neighbouring upstream countries are also experiencing major flooding, floods are expected to continue.
At a glance
No of affected districts- 24
No of affected sub-district- 106
No of affected unions- 672
No of affected municipality-34
No of death- 54
No of affected families- 832,348
No of Affected Population - 3,917,184
No of house damaged- 531,517
No of temporary shelter opened- 1,392
No of people have taken shelter- 282,479
No of Crops land damaged (Hectare.) -309,542
- Heavy monsoon rains have caused landslides and floods that killed over 200 people in recent days and displaced at least 2 million more across northern India, southern Nepal and Bangladesh.
- 31 districts (out of the country's 75) have been affected in Nepal, the worst in the past 15 years.
- A third of Bangladesh is flooded, affecting as many as 3.9 million people in 20 districts. The situation is expected to worsen, as swollen rivers are carrying the flood water from upstream India into the low-lying and densely populated Brahmaputra delta.
North-eastern India, southern Nepal and Bangladesh received heavy rainfall during the last few days, which caused wide spread flood claiming 160 human lives and displacing millions of people from their homes. The floods imposed economic hard ships among thousands of farmers due to the destruction of rice crops in the ongoing Kharif season. According to the official’s reports, at least 2.5 million people had been affected, including some 200,000 now staying in 440 relief camps.
August 16, 2017: An estimated 1.7 million people in 20 districts of Bangladesh have been affected by flooding (1); the second round of monsoon floods to hit the country this year. As of 14 August, 89 people are known to have died, including at least 14 people in the last 24 hours (2).
According to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR), 1,330 shelters in flood-affected areas are currently sheltering more than 322,000 people.
This map illustrates satellite-detected surface water extent in the central part of Bangladesh using a Sentinel-1 satellite image acquired on the 12 August 2017 with a total surface of 4,280,650 ha. In this analyzed area; 1,644,983 ha (38%) of lands are likely affected. These lands are are mainly cropland irrigated and rainfed areas and estimated to 1,576,351 ha. The population exposure analysis using WorldPop data shows that ~17,000,000 people are potentially affected by floods in the analysed zone: ~8,400,000 are located in Dhaka Division and ~5,750,000 in Rajshahi Division.
Type of Event: Flood
Location of Event: Bangladesh
Date of Charter Activation: 15 August 2017
Time of Charter Activation: 15:00:00
Time zone of Charter Activation: UTC+09:00
Charter Requestor: UNITAR-UNOSAT on behalf of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs | Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Activation ID: 545
Project Management: UNITATR/UNOSAT
Description of the event
Floods in Bangladesh have left 27 people dead and affected more than half a million.
By Gopal Sharma and Ruma Paul
KATHMANDU/DHAKA, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Heavy monsoon rains in Nepal, Bangladesh and India have killed more than 160 people in the last week, officials said on Tuesday, as authorities rushed to rescue those missing or stranded in flooded areas.
In Nepal, the death toll rose to 115 amid more flash floods and landslides, with 38 people missing. Relief workers said 26 of Nepal's 75 districts were either submerged or had been hit by landslides after rain lashed the Himalayan nation.