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31 Jul 2019 description

Description of the disaster

In August 2017, heavy monsoon rains above the seasonal average severely impacted the riverine region of India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh which resulted in intense flooding in almost two- thirds of Bangladesh. According to the National Disaster Response Coordination Centre (NDRCC) report on 20 August 2017, around 6.9 million people were affected, approximately 593,247 houses and 650,000 hectares crops were damaged. The death toll reported was 114 people and 297,254 people were displaced.

06 Mar 2019 description

After the floods, a real-time glimpse of migration as rice-farming villages empty

AZM Anas
Economics editor and journalist covering international development, migration, poverty, and the environment.

Two years have passed since extreme rains and flash floods inundated this fertile rice-growing region in northeastern Bangladesh, but farmer Shites Das still sees the lasting impact today: his neighbours are abandoning their homes and fields.

11 Feb 2019 description

Highlights of the operations update:

• A total of 656 beneficiaries have been selected for the recovery phase interventions.

• Out of the 656 beneficiaries, 263 have opened their individual bank accounts to receive the conditional cash grant.

15 Jan 2019 description


According to the World Meteorological Organization, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 were the four hottest years on record since 1880 (NOAA, 2018; WMO, 2018). Such rising temperatures are expected to affect agricultural systems significantly and also strain food production (WEF, 2018). It is critical for the 2.5 billion people worldwide depending on agriculture and its subsectors – i.e. crop, livestock, fisheries and forestry − as their main source of livelihoods (FAO, 2017).

05 Dec 2018 description
report Germanwatch

Who suffers Most from Extreme Weather Events? Weather-related Loss Events in 2017 and 1998 to 2017

The Global Climate Risk Index 2019 analyses to what extent countries and regions have been affected by impacts of weather-related loss events (storms, floods, heat waves etc.). The most recent data available — for 2017 and from 1998 to 2017 — were taken into account.

The countries and territories affected most in 2017 were Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka as well as Dominica. For the period from 1998 to 2017 Puerto Rico, Honduras and Myanmar rank highest.

30 Nov 2018 description

The rise of water level in Padma river during the first two weeks of last September caused major damage to the riverbank which led to collapse of embankments. In Naria and Zajira upazilas, an estimated 8,710 families or approximately 43,550 people have been displaced, all their houses were washed away.

24 Oct 2018 description
report Start Network
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A revolution in aid: Start Network releases 2017 Annual Report

Start Network, a global network of aid agencies, has today published its first annual report showcasing its collective efforts to revolutionise the humanitarian aid system.

10 Oct 2018 description

Message from the WFP Representative

2017 marked another year of progress for Bangladesh. The country met the Least Developed Country (LDC) graduation requirements for the first time, meaning that LDC graduation could be formalized as soon as 2021. Bangladesh moved up in the Human Development Index rankings (to 142). GDP growth for 2017 was an impressive 7.3 percent. The Government of Bangladesh has shown strong commitment to development and has the results to show for it, as a member of lower middle-income countries since 2016, according to the World Bank.

18 Jun 2018 description

Description of the disaster

Since 12 August 2017, heavy monsoon rains above the seasonal average severely impacted the riverine region of India,
Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. This resulted in intense flooding in almost two-thirds of Bangladesh, affecting over 8 million people. Bangladesh experienced floods for the fourth time in 2017 and the latest flood had inundated the country.
As of 12 September, the Government of Bangladesh reported that the floodwaters had receded in 28 of the 322 floodaffected districts.

23 May 2018 description
report Start Network

A global fund that provides rapid humanitarian aid for overlooked crises, is marking the second anniversary of the World Humanitarian Summit by sharing the impact of its 4th year, through its new annual report released today.

The Start Fund fills a critical gap in humanitarian financing. It pools funding from donors for immediate release for underfunded small to medium scale crises, spikes in chronic humanitarian crises, and to act in anticipation of impending crises.

13 Mar 2018 description
report UN Women

The Chittagong Hill Tracts area in southeastern Bangladesh is prone to natural disasters. The resulting displacement of local tribal people has spurred many conflicts in the past. On 13 June 2017, heavy rains triggered the deadliest landslide in the area to date, killing at least 160 and injuring hundreds more.

27 Feb 2018 description
report Hong Kong Red Cross

Situation Update

Population Movement: Six Months On

25 Feb 2018 description


  • Favourable prospects for 2018 boro rice output

  • Paddy production in 2017 estimated marginally below-average

  • Cereal imports in 2017/18 marketing year forecast to remain high

  • Prices of rice and wheat higher year-on-year

Favourable production prospects for 2018 boro rice

18 Feb 2018 description

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat and maize were generally firmer in January, supported by weather-related concerns and a weaker US dollar. Export price quotations of rice also strengthened mainly buoyed by renewed Asian demand.

  • In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, rose sharply for the third consecutive month in January and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

12 Feb 2018 description

By Sajid Hasan and Raqibul Alam, IFRC

Beauty Khatun, 35, was living a peaceful life with her farmer husband and three children in one of the most remote areas of Bhandarbari, Bangladesh, when a flood changed everything. One night, while Beauty and her family were fast asleep, the Jamuna River, located several hundred meters from her home overflowed and swept through their entire village. Triggered by seasonal rains, the monsoon flood which struck parts of Bangladesh in August 2017 submerged 32 districts in the country and affected more than eight million people.

09 Feb 2018 description
report ACT Alliance

ACT members ICCO Cooperation and Kerk in Actie (KiA) provided emergency food and seeds so that islanders could replant their food crops and restart their lives

31 Jan 2018 description


• The WFP Level 3 Emergency Response for the refugee crisis in Bangladesh-Myanmar has been extended until 21 March 2018.

• An estimated 655,500 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since violence broke out in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State on 25 August 2017.

• WFP is providing food assistance to the influx through the provision of a general food basket to families and SuperCereal to pregnant and nursing women and children under 5 years.

30 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

In 2017, South Asia was impacted by large-scale natural and human-caused disasters.