Situation Report #11
Landslide due to heavy rainfall
At least thirteen people including six Rohingya refugees died in different landslides triggered by heavy rains in Cox’s Bazar from 27-28 July 2021, among them ten are children. Five children belonging to the same family have died when they were sleeping. Early this month in other landslides three people died in Cox’s Bazar and Kaptai.
According to Cox’s Bazar Upazila office, villages, shrimp farms, and croplands have been inundated by the floodwater. Maximum rainfall was recorded at Teknaf (328mm in a day, which is higher than the expected average rainfall of July), 115mm at Cox’s Bazar, and 132mm at Lama (which is almost half of the expected average rainfall of July). The meteorological department warned of heavy rains today (28 July) which occur flash floods and more landslides in Cox’s Bazar and the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The water level of the Matamuhuri River and other water bodies have increased as well.
Maximum rainfall has been experienced in southern districts of Barguna (250 mm in a day, which is almost half of the expected average rainfall of July) and Patuakhali (252 mm).
The low pressure in the North East Bay of Bengal became stronger
The low pressure in the North East Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas which formed on 27 July became stronger on today (28 July). According to the weather forecast of West Bengal it was located at 21.7 ° north and 90.8 ° east at 6 pm on July 27. At that time it was 33 km south of Char Fashion in Bangladesh, 64 km east southeast of Kalapara in Barisal, 69 km east of Patharghata, 145 km southeast of Mongla port in Khulna and is likely to deepen enough in 28-29 July.
Strong wind and heavy rainfall are forecasted due to the low pressure for the coastal regions of Bangladesh. This would lead to flash floods and landslides in Chittagong division (Sources: ECMWF 5 day’s forecasts). According to Flood Forecasting & Warning Centre the water levels of major rivers of the South & South-Western coastal region and the South-Eastern Hill basin may rise rapidly from 28 to 30 July.