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IFNet Newsletter Vol. 42
June 14, 2007 / IFNet secretariat

FLASH NEWS

Heavy monsoon rains-- the highest recorded levels in seven years --
hammered southeastern Bangladesh

1. DATE
Monday 11 June, 2007



2. WEATHER CONDITIONS
  Heavy monsoon rains have paralyzed much of Bangladesh since Sunday (10th) morning
  and
nearly 275 mm (11 inches) of rain fell in Chittagong and neighboring districts
  on Monday. The unusually powerful monsoon triggered landslides, flash floods and lightning.



3. DAMAGE 
  Three days of rains and water from upstream swelled the Brahmputra, Jamuna, Teesta and   Dharala rivers, creating flash floods and inundating large areas of the country,
taking the
  total number of flood-related deaths to nearly 130
. Low-lying areas of Netrokona, Sunamgonj,   Habigonj, Bogra, Kurigram, Chandpur and Feni districts are submerged and  several thousand
  people have been isolated.
Houses in the affected areas are damaged and daily activities have been   disrupted and nearly 10,000 people have so far been evacuated to some 200 shelters in Chittagong.
  
Flash floods and inundated roads were hampering rescue efforts in the city of 4 million,
  220 kilometers (135 miles) southeast of the capital, Dhaka.

4. NUMBER OF DEAD AND DISPLACED PERSON (as of June 13, 2007)
    Dead : 130
    Displaced : 10,000

5.LOCATION
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/JOPA-743GN6?OpenDocument&rc=3&emid=LS-2007-000080-BGD

(Reliefweb)


6. GFAS RAINFALL INFORMATION
 According to GFAS, daily precipitation exceeding 5-year return period was observed
around Bangladesh and Myanmar on June 12 (Fig.1).


                                              Fig.1: GFAS Excess area map of 5-year return period precipitation (in red)
                                                                                           June 12, 2007


Please check GFAS page:
http://gfas.internationalfloodnetwork.org/gfas-web


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