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Internal Displacement Update, Issue 24: 24 August - 6 September 2017

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Bangladesh

Affected areas: Chittagong, Dhaka, Khulna, Mymensingh, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Sylhet divisions

Cause of displacement Disaster:

Figures More than 427,000 new disaster displacements between 12 August and 4 September

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More than more than 427,000 people were displaced by flooding in the divisions of Chittagong, Dhaka, Khulna, Mymensingh, Rajshahi, Rangpur and Sylhet between 12 August and 3 September. Those displaced were forced to leave their homes as heavy rainfall and subsequent downhill streams led to the inundation of river basin areas in northern areas of Bangladesh (HCTT, 4 Sept 2017; IFRC, 4 Sept 2017;

The Guardian, 31 Aug 2017). About 46,000 people were being housed in 172 shelters as of 3 September (HCTT, 4 Sept 2017). The flooding, described by the IFRC as the worst in 40 years, has washed away entire homes, crops, livestock and other food supplies, leaving communities fearful of starvation (CNN, 1 Sept 2017).