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Bangladesh: Monsoon Flood 2020 Situation Report 1 (13 July 2020)

Bangladesh Red Crescent
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1. Situation Overview:

Heavy rainfall at the upstream region intimidating forecast of severe flood in swelling rivers namely Brahmaputra, Ganges, Meghna, Teesta, Dharla, Sarihowain, Jadukata, Someswari, Kangsha, Manu and Khowai potentially affecting 19 districts in the northern, central and north-eastern part of Bangladesh according to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

A recent flood warning said that five rivers were still flowing above their danger levels at six points and parts of northern and central Bangladesh were still under flood waters (Newagebd, 9 July 2020). The rise of water level may continue because of consistent heavy rain at upstream areas across the border in Arunachal, Assam and Meghalaya and sub-Himalayan region. This ongoing flood already engulfed 14 districts and marooned nearly 1.3 million people. In addition, severe impacts anticipated on croplands, livestock, roads and embankments while serious scarcity of food and drinking water seems to prior need in the affected areas. The below graph from FFWC shows extent of water level by 16 July above danger mark at Bahadurabad station of Jamuna River.