Bangladesh 7 of 10 Sinking: The situation is set to get worse

Aug 18, 2014

Recent heavy rainfall and river erosion have submerged many villages, made several thousand people homeless and destroyed embankments in a number of districts around the country.

In some of the areas, the situation is set to get worse. Although local administrations took steps to avoid further damage, the people who were affected said they expect more effective measures to be taken.


At least 2000 families were marooned for last few days due to a flood at Sundorganj Upazilla of the northern district of Gaibandha.

The locals said that this happened due to an increase in the volume of water in the Brhamaputra and Teesta rivers.

The local administration started to distribute relief yesterday, though the victims claimed that the amount was insufficient.

However, Abu Rafa Mohammad, the Upazilla Nirbahi officer, said they were distributing 20kg of rice, puffed rice, gur (jaggery), biscuits, candles and oral saline packets to the each of the victim families.


The road connection between Khagrachhari and the Dhaka-Feni Highway was disconnected for the last 5 days due to the continuous flash floods in the hilly region.

The local people and the long distance passengers were suffering the most. In addition, the road connection between Khagrachhori and Rangamati was also disrupted as the Baily Bridge located at Mohalchhori went underwater.

At least 500 families were marooned at Khagrachhori sadar as the incessant rainfall continues. Most of them have taken shelter at nearby flood shelter centres.

The local administration has allocated 3 tons of rice as essential relief for the flood victims.

The authority estimated the cost of the damages to be worth more than Tk1 core, said Chaitho Ong, chairman of Khagrachhori district parishad, adding that they are making a list of the victims.


At least 600 families were marooned at Subornochar of Noakhali district for the last few days.

Most of the areas were swamped due to the incessant monsoon rainfall which has been occurring for the last four days and damaging the crop fields and fisheries.

“We have been marooned for the last few days. All of my fishes are being washed away by the flood water, ruining my investment,” said Sheikh Farid from West Urir Char village, adding that he has lost the Tk80,000 he had invested in the fisheries scheme after taking a loan from Islami Bank.


About 8km of the flood control embankment from Kamalpur to Devdanga is at risk of collapse because of extensive erosion by the Jamuna River in Shariakandi upazila of Bogra.

Md Nurul Islam Sarkar, executive engineer at Bangladesh Water Development Board in Bogra, termed the situation alarming and said the water in the Jamuna was above the danger level in Shariakandi.

Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Zillur Rahman said around 200 families in low-laying areas in Karnibari and Chaluabari unions were marooned.  

Zillur said at least 5,000 families had lost their houses in the last few months because of the erosion.


Coastal areas under Ramgati and Kamalnagar upazilas of the district have been sinking into the riverbed due to the continual erosion by the Meghna River during the ongoing monsoon season.

Homesteads, crop lands, educational institutions and many government establishments have fallen prey to the erosion.

Consequently, the people who have become homeless because of this have been living in unbearable conditions on the embankments where they were temporarily housing while the local administration did not take any steps to rehabilitate them.

The affected people alleged that the consecutive governments had not taken any real measures over the past three decades to check the erosion.


Half-a-lakh of people from more than 50 villages under 14 unions of Bhola have been marooned as the tide destroyed the embankment built by the Water Development Board.

Among the affected unions are Hazipur, Medua, Madanpur, Bhabanipur, Syedpur, Sonapur, Manpura, Madras, Aslampur, Hazariganj and Dhalchar.       

Houses, roads, educational institutions, ponds and arable lands have been submerged, aggravating the situation and bringing misery to people’s lives.

Medua upazila Chairman Manjur Alam said most of the areas outside the embankment, including Neyamatpur, were inundated.


The Charkhanpur BGB camp has been announced as abandoned because of the erosion on both the shores of the Padma River in Rajshahi.

The camp members were shifted to Charkhanpur Government Primary School, and peoplefrom Charkhanpur and Charkhidirpur are also hurrying to shift elsewhere.     

Charkhidirpur BGB camp was submerged last year despite spending nearly Tk50 lakh to protect it.

37 BGB Director Lt Col Anwarul Alam said the Charkhanpur camp was announced abandoned on grounds of security.


Incessant rainfall over the past few days has caused water in the Teesta River in Dimla upazila of Nilphamari to go above the danger level.

Mahbubur Rahman, executive engineer of the Water Development Board at Nilphamari, said a number of villages, including East Chatnai, Chatnai Colony, Pagal Para, Khoga Khoribari, West Chatnai, Baish Pukur and Choto Khata, were submerged, causing much misery for the people.

“We hope the situation will improve shortly,” he said.

Jahanur Islam, who lives in Baish Pukur village, said: “My house was destroyed, along with those of a hundred others, because of the downpour. Now we are living in terrible conditions.”


The low-lying areas at Nalitabari and Jhinaigati upazilas of Sherpur were submerged after incessant rainfall and due to the onrush of hill water.

Hundreds of acres of Aman fields went under water in the areas.

Students were unable to go to school because of the knee-deep water. 

Farmer Ali Hossain from West Khalbhanga said he had leased two acres of land for Tk40,000 this year but the flood water had destroyed everything.

Upazila Agriculture Officer Sharif Iqbal said 200 hectares of Aman land were submerged.

Hundreds of people in the flood-hit villages were marooned.

Jhinaigati Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Mozammel Haque said the excessive rainfall had inundated the low-lying areas.

Besides, a recent rise in water levels of 16 rivers, including Brahmaputra, Dhorola, and Teesta, has caused around 20,000 families to be marooned in Kurigram, reports our correspondent.



ZetaTalk  September 9, 2010

The 7 of 10 scenarios describe plate movements, and for this to occur something has to release the deadlock, the current stalemate where the plates are locked against each other. Once the deadlock is broken and the plates start moving, sliding past each other, new points where the plates are locked against each other develop, but these are weaker locks than the one at present. The current lock, as we have so often stated, is the Indo-Australian Plate which is being driven under the Himalayans. This is no small lock, as the height of the Himalayans attests. Nevertheless, the activity in this region shows this likely to be the first of the 7 of 10 scenarios to manifest. Bangladesh is sinking and the Coral Sea is rising, showing the overall tipping of the Indo-Australian Plate. Now Pakistan is sinking and not draining its floods as it should, while Jakarta on the tongue of Indonesia is also sinking rapidly, showing that the tilt that will allow Indonesia to sink has already started.


ZetaTalk June 18, 2011

Is all the flooding being reported lately around the world due to the 7 of 10 plate movement or is it to increased ferocity of rainstorm due to the wobble weather? Both. Certainly the 7 of 10 flooding is present in Indonesia on the Sunda Plate which is sinking steadily. Rain is blamed but is inadequate to explain the flooding. Also, the 7 of 10 flooding is present in the tilting of the Indo-Australian Plate which has increased its pace, flooding the coastlines of India and Bangladesh and creating a backwash of seawater up the rivers along the east coast of Australia, the familiar situation that occurred last January, 2011. In S America the 7 of 10 flooding is also present in Brazil and now Guyana, due to the bowing pressure that stretches the continent along its eastern side, lowering the elevation in some places. Certainly as Africa proceeds in its 7 of 10 roll, there will be places in the Rift Valley and along the Red Sea that will likewise have such flooding.

But the weather has also become more extreme, a situation we have long predicted. We predicted intensifying drought and deluge, switching about, and increasing temperature extremes, all due to the Earth wobble. All this has occurred and is in the process of proceeding to another of our predictions the blending of the seasons. The wobble has and will create high tides that the authorities cannot blame on tsunami associated with earthquakes nor on the Moon. These tides are of record now, in accordance with our predictions.


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Comment by Kojima on September 7, 2014 at 2:07am

* Flooding in Bangladesh and India [Earth Observatory; 2014/09/05]

Citizens of Bangladesh are quite familiar with floods. Situated on a wide deltaic plain at the confluence of several large rivers, the low-lying country is one of the most flood-prone in the world. But even by local standards, the onslaught in the summer of 2014 has been unusual.

A combination of heavy monsoon rainfall in the country’s main river basins and the arrival of meltwater from the Himalayas has triggered severe flooding in Bangladesh’s Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Bogra, Sirajganj, Jamalpur, and Sherpur districts.

On August 29, 2014, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured the top image, which shows flooding along the Brahmaputra River and Tanquar haor, a large wetland region. The lower image shows the same area on September 8, 2012, a more typical year. (Turn on the image comparison tool to see the difference.) Both are false-color images made from a combination of infrared and visible light (MODIS bands 7-2-1). Water varies in color from blue to black; vegetation is bright green; and bare ground is brown. This band combination makes it easier to spot changes in river dimensions.

According to some estimates, more than 275,000 people had been displaced and more than 31,000 homes had been destroyed and 188,000 damaged. As of September 4, 2014, most rivers in Bangladesh had crested, but flooding remained severe in many areas.

Comment by Kojima on August 19, 2014 at 1:43pm

Thanks Khan.

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