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Bangladesh and India: Floods and landslides displace 200,000 people in north-east India and 150,000 in south-east Bangladesh

Publisher Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)
Publication Date 29 July 2011
Cite as Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Bangladesh and India: Floods and landslides displace 200,000 people in north-east India and 150,000 in south-east Bangladesh, 29 July 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e38e6422.html [accessed 28 November 2014]
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Floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains have forced more than 200,000 people from their homes in the north-east Indian state of Assam, after more than 200 villages in the state's Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts were submerged.

In south-eastern Bangladesh, 150,000 people have been displaced by heavy floods over the last few days, compounded by heavier rains, higher tidal waters and overflowing water from upstream rivers. Cox's Bazar district is badly affected. The south-eastern area is prone to deadly flash floods as tens of thousands of people live in makeshift houses on deforested, muddy slopes along the hills.

Many displaced people in Bangladesh have moved to cyclone shelters and school buildings, others are marooned in the open without shelter with their families and livestock, and some are constructing temporary shelters on the main roads above the flood waters. Some displaced communities have suffered further from landslides. The villages most affected are those constrained by dire poverty and seasonal unemployment, and will require external assistance to be able to rebuild their houses and return to normalcy.

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