Bangladesh – Floods and landslides in Cox’s Bazar (DG ECHO Partners, Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), ISCG) (ECHO Daily Flash of 28 July 2021)

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  • On 27 July, heavy monsoon rains in Cox’s Bazar led to slope failures and severe flooding in the Rohingya refugee camps.
  • The Bangladesh Meteorological Department forecast approx. 570mm of accumulated rainfall between 27 – 30 July and issued warnings of heavy rain and risk of landslides. High sea tides continue to hamper rain water discharge through rivers.
  • Volunteers are supporting the evacuation of those affected to safer shelters. Initial reports of thousands affected and 6 casualties have yet to be confirmed.
  • Local authorities and the humanitarian community are preparing to respond. DG ECHO partners have deployed teams to conduct assessments.
  • The floods coincide with a strict lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, which has risen to alarming levels in the country.