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15 Aug 2017 description
map UNOSAT

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.

15 Aug 2017 description

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.

15 Aug 2017 description

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.

14 Aug 2017 description
  • Heavy monsoon rains over the past two days, coupled with a rush of water from upstream, have caused high levels of flooding in low-lying and char (river island) areas in 10 districts of the northern and eastern part of Bangladesh. Some of these districts are experiencing a second or third spell of flooding since the onset of the monsoon in June. Many areas remain cut off due to breaches of embankments and roads.

06 Aug 2017 description
report NIRAPAD

July 2017 was a hazardous month with flood, riverbank erosion, landslide, lighting, massive rainfall, tornado, boat/trawler capsize and fire. Following the devastating flood on middle of April, a new flood started on 27 June affecting two northeast districts Sylhet and Moulvibazar which continued in July. Also, from July 02 flood started in eight districts, namely: Rangpur, Kurigram, Serajganj, Jamalpur, Bogra, Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha, Nilphamari and southern district Cox’s Bazar.

01 Aug 2017 description

Overview

Complementing Government of Bangladesh’s efforts, Humanitarian Partners are supporting the response in line with the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) developed by the Humanitarian Coordination Task Team (HCTT) based on the related needs assessment prepared by the Needs Assessment Working Group (NAWG). This report presents a synthesis of the main relief activities implemented in the month of July. Detailed cluster/sector responses can be requested to cluster/sector focal points indicated in the HRP.

31 Jul 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

DHAKA, Jul 31 2017 (IPS) - Life for Bangladesh’s rural people, particularly in its remote north, is still miserable. Seasonal flooding, river erosion, and the low quality of rural infrastructure and lack of connectivity have made things harder for poor northerners.

Though the country has been elevated to the lower middle-income country club due to its overall income rise, largely because of growing remittance inflows, poverty is still widespread in rural areas.

29 Jul 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Rafiqul Islam

DHAKA, Jul 28 2017 (IPS) - In the wake of recent water-related disasters in Bangladesh, including water-logging and floods that displaced thousands of families, a high-level consultation in the capital Dhaka on valuing water will look at ways to optimize water use and solutions to water-related problems facing South Asia.

26 Jul 2017 description

Feature

China

Affected areas

Country-wide Cause of displacement Disaster

Figures More than 1.8 million new disaster displacements between 22 June and 12 July

Context

25 Jul 2017 description
  • Heavy rain in Bangladesh over the past few days has led to several landslides.

  • According to local media, as of 25 July at 7.00 UTC, at least four people have been killed in the districts of Sadar and Cox's Bazar (Chittagong division).

  • Over the next 24 hours, thunderstorms and locally heavy rain are forecast for the southern areas of the country, including the already affected ones. The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) has issued a warning for risk of new landslides in the Chittagong hilly areas.

22 Jul 2017 description

OUTLOOK

  • The Brahmaputra-Jamuna, Ganges-Padma and Surma-Kushiyara rivers are in falling trend.

  • Most of the major rivers of South Eastern hilly region are in falling trend.

  • The Brahmaputra-Jamuna rivers may likely to continue falling for next 72 hours.

  • The Ganges river may likely to continue falling for next 48 hours.

  • The Padma river may likely to continue falling for next 72 hours.

  • The Surma-Kushiyara rivers may likely to fall in next 24 hours.

21 Jul 2017 description

by Hassan Ahmadul, Climate Centre, Dhaka

The Chinese Red Cross has donated US$100,000 to the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) to assist with its ongoing monsoon flood-relief operation in wetland haor areas of the country’s north-east region.

“Vast areas of Bangladesh have been suffering a series of floods since March [leading] to crop destruction and food shortages,” a BDRCS news report announcing the donation said last week.

20 Jul 2017 description
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Figure 1: Flood-inundated areas in Bangladesh on 29 June 2017
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An ALOS PALSAR 2 image shows overall inundated areas in Bangladesh. The deep blue colour indicates inundated areas.

Floods are a major disaster in the Hindu Kush Himalaya during monsoon season. Timely and accurate mapping of floods is important for efficient and effective management of relief activities. It can help reduce loss and damage due to floods.

19 Jul 2017 description
  • Overall the flood situation has improved slightly, though some rivers are still above their danger levels, according to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC). In the north, northeast and central regions of Bangladesh river levels will continue receding in the Brahmaputra, the Jamuna and the Padma.

  • According to the Ministry of Disaster Management & Relief (MoDMR) more than 1.58 million people are now affected, as well as at least 1 571 primary and secondary schools, and 24 people have so far died in the floods.

17 Jul 2017 description
  • Flooding is spreading to the low-lying areas of central Bangladesh as the water level in the Ganges-Padma basin (west) continues to rise. According to the Water Development Board’s Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), floods have deteriorated in the central region but remain unchanged in the north. 16 major measuring stations in north, northeast and central region of Bangladesh reported that the Ganges-Padma and Kushiyara rivers are still rising and this is likely to continue in the next 24 hours, while the Brahmaputra-Jamuna and Surma rivers are now in falling trend.