Flooding in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has been hit by monsoon rains and flash floods, leaving millions of people stranded or displaced.

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Millions of people have been affected by intense monsoon rains in Bangladesh.

It has caused some of the worst flooding to ever hit the region, leaving millions of people displaced and many communities without electricity.

But this isn’t the first time the country has had to deal with heavy rains and destructive floods.

Read on to discover why Bangladesh is so prone to flooding, what’s causing it and how ShelterBox is responding.

What happened?

Heavy monsoon rains and flash floods have submerged large parts of northeastern Bangladesh, leaving millions of people stranded or displaced.

The area was still recovering from heavy rains in late May.

Several rivers flow from India’s northeast through the low-lying wetlands of Bangladesh. But excess rainwater has not been able to drain because of how saturated the wetlands already were from the last month’s rains.

Bangladesh flooding map
Map of flooding in Bangladesh

Why does Bangladesh Flood?

mand stands by house ruins surrounded by floodwater in Bangladesh
A man stands by his sunken house after flooding in 2017

Bangladesh has hundreds of rivers and is vulnerable to flooding. It is a delta country, and most of it is located within the floodplains of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers.

It is also incredibly low-lying, with the majority of the country lying less than one metre above sea level.

This leaves Bangladesh vulnerable to flooding, as sea-level rise, changes in river water levels and the stresses that humans put on the land can all have devastating impacts.

Every year whole communities prepare themselves for the annual monsoon season, but this year Sylhet has seen its highest rainfall in more than a century.

Bangladesh Flood Facts

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How is ShelterBox responding?

ShelterBox has had teams in Bangladesh assessing whether we are well placed to help.

Carrying out assessments in-country allows us to explore whether it’s appropriate for ShelterBox to respond and, if we are, what that response might look like.

Having explored different options for a partnership response, this has not been possible.

Knowing that other agencies, which are able to support people and communities affected by the flooding, are working in the region we have made the decision not to.

shelterbox response team walk through bamboos with Bangladeshi community

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