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GIEWS Update - Bangladesh

Severe floods in 2017 affected large numbers of people and caused damage to the agriculture sector

Severe floods in Bangladesh in 2017 have affected at least 8 million people, causing deaths and injuries, loss of livestock and food supplies, and damage to housing and infrastructure. The floods caused severe damage to the agriculture sector, including crop losses of the main food staple rice, with most of the damage concentrated in the northern districts. Prices of rice, the country’s main staple, reached record levels in September, mostly reflecting flood‑induced crop losses in 2017. Overall, rice prices remained 30 percent above their year‑earlier levels. The impact of the floods and the resulting elevated prices of rice have severely compromised the livelihoods of the affected households.

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