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20 May 2018 description

Floods by nature are complex events caused by climate variability and a range of human activities, including inappropriate development planning. There are different ways of classifying and categorising floods according to geographic and geophysical characteristics. In Bangladesh, floods are most commonly classified as:

19 May 2018 description


  • The Brahmaputra river is in falling trend, while the Jamuna and Ganges-Padma rivers are in rising trend.

  • The Surma-Kushiyara and Khowai rivers are in falling trend, while the Manu and Dhalai rivers of North-Eastern region are in rising trend.

  • There is chance of medium to heavy rainfall in North-Eastern part of the country in Sylhet, Moulvibazr and Habiganj districts and adjacent Indian parts in next 48 hours.

18 May 2018 description

Cox’s Bazar – Over two million vetiver grass plants have been distributed by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in the past two weeks to reduce soil erosion and the risk of landslides in southern Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps, where hundreds of thousands of people are at risk from impending monsoon rains.

A further two million plants will be given to local and international NGOs for distribution before the end of May, following the initial success of the project, which has local vetiver suppliers struggling to keep up with demand.

18 May 2018 description
report Doctors Worldwide

On the 4th May, Doctors Worldwide UK launched its Emergency Response Kit training providing life-saving first aid skills to local Rohingya community leaders [majis] in anticipation of the cyclone and floods. Working with local majis is essential in ensuring the training reaches as many people as possible, particularly as the first responders are usually the local people who are affected. Majis are the main connectors of information and reach, for example one head maji will oversee 10 sub-majis who oversee thousands of families.

18 May 2018 description


  • The Brahmaputra- Jamuna and Ganges-Padma rivers are in rising trend.

  • The major rivers of South-Eastern hilly region and Upper Meghna region including the Surma-Kushiyara rivers are in falling trend.

  • There is chance of medium to heavy rainfall in North-Eastern and South Eastern parts of the country along with the adjacent Indian parts in next 48 hours .

18 May 2018 description
report Swiss Red Cross

En raison de la mousson, la situation ne cesse d’empirer dans les camps de réfugiés du sud du Bangladesh. Les inondations et les épidémies menacent les centaines de milliers de personnes qui ont fui le Myanmar. La CRS fournit une aide d’urgence et soutiendra à long terme des projets pour un montant d’au moins 3,5 millions de CHF.

18 May 2018 description


  • From 8 November 2017, a total 6 887 suspected cases of diphtheria have been reported. A total of 42 deaths were reported in EWARS during this time.

  • The Oral Cholera Vaccination (OCV) campaign was successfully completed on 13 May, 2018. A total of 901 810 beneficiaries were vaccinated.

  • To date a total of 92 223 Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) case-patients have been notified through Indicator Based Surveillance in EWARS bringing. WHO and partners continue to prepare for likely outbreak.

17 May 2018 description


• In refugee camps and settlements, preparation activities for the monsoon and cyclone season preparedness are ongoing to mitigate the risks of the monsoon season. As of 14 May, 21 237 of the 200 000 people at risk of landslides and floods have been relocated to safer places.
An additional 3 167 safer plots are ready for relocation – the process is ongoing.

• Over 17-24 May, cloudy conditions with local showers and thunderstorms are forecast.

17 May 2018 description

New Rohingya arrivals since 25 August 2017 in Cox’s Bazar
Rohingya Population in Cox’s Bazar
1.3 Million
People in Need in Cox’s Bazar

Situation Overview

17 May 2018 description
report BBC Media Action

To coincide with the distribution of shelter tie-down kits, BBC Media Action has developed a series of multimedia products to assist in communicating the importance of shelter strengthening and preparedness in advance of the monsoon. The materials also provide detailed practical guidance about key shelter strengthening techniques.