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Flood in Bangladesh

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Type of Event:
Flood
Location of Event:
Bangladesh
Date of Charter Activation:
15 August 2017
Time of Charter Activation:
15:00:00
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+09:00
Charter Requestor:
UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs | Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Activation ID:
545
Project Management:
UNITAR/UNOSAT

Description of the event

Floods in Bangladesh have left 140 people dead and affected more than 8 million.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes and seek shelter. It is estimated that 700,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed.

The disaster occurred when monsoon rains struck the region, causing flooding further upstream in neighbouring countries such as Nepal. Flood waters flowed down overburdened rivers into Bangladesh, affecting almost a third of the nation.

The government of Bangladesh had been monitoring the situation in other countries, however, and took steps to prepare for the expected flooding.

It has been reported that the water level of the Brahmaputra River has reached a level not exceeded for a hundred years.

There are concerns for the long-term food security of Bangladesh due to agricultural damage. Estimates suggest 10,000 hectares of crops may have been destroyed in the floods, with as many as 600,000 hectares damaged.

The floods follow in a relatively short time frame from those which affected Bangladesh in May and June.

Flood in Dhaka, Rangpur, Sylhe, Chittagong and Rajshahi Divisions, Bangladesh

Source: Sentinel-1
Acquired: 22/08/2017

Copyright: Sentinel-1 © contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017)
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Flood in Dhaka, Khulna, Barisal and Chittagong Divisions, Bangladesh

Source: Sentinel-1
Acquired: 22/08/2017

Copyright: Sentinel-1 © contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017)
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Flooding in Rangpur and Dhaka Divisions, Bangladesh

Source: TerraSAR-X
Acquired: 16/08/2017

Copyright: TerraSAR-X © DLR e. V. 2017, Distribution: Airbus DS Geo GmbH
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Flood detection in Bangladesh

Source: Suomi-NPP/VIIRS
Acquired: Between 01/08/2017 and 15/08/2017

Copyright: NASA/NOAA(2017)
Map produced by NOAA

Satellite detected waters in central Bangladesh

Source: Sentinel-1
Acquired: 12/08/2017

Copyright: Sentinel-1 © Copernicus Sentinel data (2017)
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT