Bangladesh: Floods and Landslides - Jun 2010

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The northeastern and northern districts including Sylhet, Moulavibazar, Sunamganj, Habiganj, Netrokona, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat of Bangladesh were inundated due to heavy floods. In Fenchuganj upazilla, a sub district in Sylhet, more than 55,000 people were affected. More than 32 educational institutions were closed down and some were submerged under water. In Beanibazar upazilla, many villages were inundated after the flood protection embankments collapsed due to heavy rainfall. In three unions of the Bishwanath upazilla almost all villages were flooded, affecting 15,000 people. In the Balagonj upazilla more than 30,000 people’s houses and cropland were inundated by flood water. In the Lalmonirhat district, at least 5,000 families in 35 villages under four upazillas were affected due to flooding. (IFRC, 29 Jun 2010)

The flood situation in the Lalmonirhat district worsened with the inundation of fresh low-lying areas in 37 villages of 10 unions of five upazilas. The Teesta swelled so fast on that villagers did not get enough time to remove their belongings. Heavy rain coupled with onrush of hill water triggered flash flood in the vast areas rendering thousands of families marooned in Kurigram district. (NIRAPAD, 29 Jun 2010)

Heavy rainfalls accompanied by gusty winds that took place from 14 till 15 June 2010 in the south-eastern part of Bangladesh resulted in devastating landslides and flash floods in the districts of Cox's Bazaar and Bandarban. Local administration sources confirmed that at least 55 people died as a result of the landslides, while over 100 others were injured and 12 people were missing. The rainfall also caused a significant amount of damage to homes, crops, shrimp cultivation farms and communication systems. At least 2,797 families in the Cox's Bazaar and Bandarban districts were badly affected. (IFRC, 22 Jun 2010)

Persistent rain caused serious damage to houses directly affecting more than 12,000 people, destroying livelihoods and communication systems. The worst rain in decades caused mudbanks to collapse, burying thatched homes and blocking main roads. (IFRC, 23 Jun 2010)

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