Flooding affects more than 1 million people in Bangladesh

Flooding affects more than 1 million people in Bangladesh

Continued rainfall and swelling rivers such as the Brahmaputra, Jamuna and Padma have further worsened the flood situation in northern districts of Bangladesh, ECHO reports.

According to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre, the 12 major rivers were flowing over the danger level at different points. Significant rainfall was recorded at 18 stations, with the highest 200 mm (7.9 inches) rainfall being recorded at Durgapur of Rajshahi.

According to the Directorate of Disaster Management (DDM), up to July 12, more than one million people are affected in 10 districts. More than 15 000 hectares (37 065 acres) of croplands are damaged in four districts, hundreds of schools are affected and hundreds of families are displaced.

Video courtesy Natural Bangla

According to the Government of Bangladesh, as of July 12, almost BDT 10 million cash and 3 520 MTs food/rice and 14 000 packets of dry foods were allocated in 11 districts. 

DG ECHO Partners and local NGOs have initiated emergency response in some of the most affected districts.

According to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur over north and north-eastern regions of Bangladesh.

Featured image: Floods in Bangladesh - July 2017. Credit: Natural Bangla

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