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Flood Events Archive: 2001


Sn Areas affected Dates Notes
1 Satkhira District - Protapnagar, Chuibaria, Baiyarbil, Dighlarati and Chakla villages under Protapnagar union parishad in Assasuni upazila and
Padmapukur, Pakhimari, Gorkumarper, Banyatala, Khutikata, Sonakhali, Baintala, Kedar Bazar, Chaulkhola and Chandipur. Kapatakha river
10/17/01 - 10/19/01   1200 Displaced. Dead – not known. 900 sq kms affected.
"About 25 villages of two unions in two upazilas of Satkhira district have been inundates as flood water entered through a breach developed in the WAPDA embankment of Kapatakha river at Chuibaria area under Protapnagar union parishad in Assasuni upazila at midnight."
2 Sylhet, Moulavibazar, Sunamganj, Netrokona, Chapainawabganj, Kurigram, Sirajganj, Rajshahi, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Lalmonirhat. Rivers: Dhalai, Surma, Dharla, Ganges and Brahmaputra, Padma and Mahananda.
07/31/01 - 08/27/01   6 dead, 150,000 displaced;

"Almost all the rivers in the two northeastern districts are overflowing their banks, flooding Goainghat, Kanaighat, Jaintapur, Companiganj, Jakiganj and Sadar upazilas of Sylhet and Chhatak, Doarabazar, Bishwambharpur, Tahirpur, Dharmapasha, Madyapara and Sadar upazilas of Sunamganj."
3 Barguna, Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Sunamganj, Jessore, Cox's Bazar, Noakhali, Feni. Towns: Habiganj, Brahmmanbaria. Rivers: Khowai, Manu, Kushiara, Muhuri, Dharla, Kabatakh, Matamuhuri and Bakkhali.
6/05/01 - 06/22/01 13 killed; 100,000 displaced; 17,560 sq kms. Affected.
"Nearly 400 millimeters (16 inches) of monsoon rains not unusual for this part of the year have lashed Bangladesh's northeast since early this week. "


Sn Areas affected Dates Notes
1 Andhra Pradesh State - Districts: Cuddpah, Kurnool, Guntur, Nellore, Chittoor, Anantapur. town of Panyam. Gundalakamma River. Inflows into Somasila and Buggavanka reservoirs were breached. 10/16/01 - 10/21/01 143 dead; 50,00 displaced; 125,000 hectares flooded; 87,380 sq kms affected
"Around 52 villages in Cuddapah district are completely marooned, leaving hundreds trapped" "Cuddpah collector Adar Sinha was removed for opening the flood gates of a dam without warning people about it." "While 55,747 houses were damaged, there were 1,386 breaches in irrigation systems, he said adding crops in 1.25 lakh hectares were damaged and 650 cattle heads had perished." "inflows into Somasila and Buggavanka reservoirs in Nellore and Cuddapah, which breached inundating several areas in the two districts causing huge loss of life and property"
2 Andhra Pradesh state - Districts: Nalgonda, Guntur, Mahabubnagar. Telangana. 09/30/01 - 10/02/01   12 dead; 9000 displaced; 44,530 sq kms affected
"About 9,000 houses in Nalgonda, Guntur and Mahabubnagar districts were damaged, he said, adding over 50 minor irrigation tanks also suffered damages"
3 Bihar State - Northern Districts: Gopalganj, East Champaran, Saran and Madhubani; also Saharsa, Samastipur, Begusarai, West Champaran, Sitamarhi, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Sheohar, Siwan, Madhubani, Katihar, Vaishali and Patna. Towns; Muzaffarpur, Marhaura, Samastipur. Rivers: Ganga, Burhi Gandak, Gandak, Ghagra, Bagmati, Kosi and Adhwara group of rivers, Mahananda. 09/07/01 - 09/24/01  146 dead; 30,000 displaced; Estimated damage Rs 4.5 billion; 370,000 hectares flooded; 30,120 sq kms affected.
"Torrential rains since Friday have washed out thousands of villages near India's border with Nepal, forcing people to seek refuge on higher ground or move to schools and government buildings in safer places. Some 50 villages were inundated early Monday after the overflowing Burhi Gandak and Gandak rivers broke through rows of sandbag embankments" 
Sep 18 "There was no let up in the flood situation ... where major rivers like Gandak, Burhi Gandak, Bagmati and Adhwara group of rivers continued to wreak havoc crossing danger mark at different places along their course"
Sep 24 "... overall flood situation improved considerably with all major rivers receding"
4 Eastern Uttar Pradesh State - Districts: Kushinagar, Gorakhpur, Maharajganj, Deoria, Sant Kabirnagar, Jaunpur, Sonebhadra and Bhadoi, Siddharthnagar, Azamgarh. Towns: Gorakhpur, Bansi, Turtipar, Rigauli, Mehdawal. Rivers: Rapti, Ghagra, Rohini 08/20/01 - 09/11/01  65 dead; 300,000 displaced; 35,440 sq kms affected.
"Nearly 1.5 million people have been affected by sustained rainfall in eastern Uttar Pradesh, which has cut off large areas of the state, a UNI report said Saturday. Around 352 of 627 affected villages in Gorakhpur district are completely marooned, leaving around 300,000 people trapped ... In Gorakhpur, a breach on an embankment on Friday led to flooding of large rural parts of the city, considered the commercial hub of eastern Uttar Pradesh. Crops have also been affected in low lying areas. "
5 Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh State. 08/14/01 -  08/15/01   16 dead; 3,010 sq kms affected.
"Sixteen people were killed in landslides and floods triggered by incessant rain in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh since Tuesday evening,"
6 Bihar State - Districts: East and West Champaran, Gopalganj, Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Darbhanga, Samastipur, Saran, Siwan. Rivers: Gandak, Bagmati, Kamala Balan, Ganga, Koshi, Barhi Gandak, Sikarahana.
West Bengal State - Calcutta area. Rivers: Ganga, Mahananda and Fulahar.
Assam State - Districts: Morigaon, Goalpara, Dhemaji, Jorhat, Kamrup, Barpeta, Darrang, Nalbari, Lakhimpur, Dhubri, Nagaon and Bongaigaon. Brahmaputra River.
07/31/01 - 08/27/01   30 dead; 2,600,000 displaced; Estimated damage US$ 2,000,000; 283,000 hectares flooded; 190,700 sq kms affected
"Heavy downpours in neighboring Nepal led the swollen Kamala Balan river to wash away at least 40 villages in India's Madhubani district" 
August 27 "Some three million people have been affected as incessant rainfall in the lower Himalayan foothills in Nepal makes its way down to the plains of northern Bihar, inundating several areas of Gopalganj, Darbhanga and Samastipur districts...The second phase of floods occurred as the rivers Gandak, Baghmati and Koshi broke embankments that were already weakened by the impact of the first round of flooding. "
7 Uttar Pradesh State - Rudraprayag district. Vyomguard and fata areas 07/16/01 - 07/16/01  26 dead; 2450 sq kms affected
"Army and police Tuesday launched a massive rescue and relief operation in Rudraprayag district in north India's Uttar Pradesh, where 26 people were feared
dead following Monday's landslides and flash floods" 
8 Orissa State -  western and southern areas. Districts: Puri, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khorda, Angul, Jagatsinghpur, Kalahandi, Koraput, Bolangir, Nayagarh, Balasore, Bhadrakh. Rivers: Mahanadi River System, Tel, Udanti, Ret, Hati, Daya, Rajua, Malaguni, Kathajodi, Devi
Makara, Luna, Chitrotpala, Paika, Bramhani and Baitarani.
Madhya Pradesh State - low-lying areas.
Chattisgarh State - flash floods from release of water from Hirakud dam
07/08/01 - 08/10/01  100 dead; 2,000,000 displaced; Estimated damage US$ 13,540,000; 891,000 hectares crops lost; 105,100 sq kms affected.
"The surging waters have submerged 12,910 villages, affecting more than 7.6 million people in 21 districts of the state. "
"Vast tracts of water cut off some 9,000 villages and several towns. Several highways have been washed away and railway stations are submerged. "
No suitable Modis 250 or Landsat7 data located
9 Kerala State - districts: Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram, Kollam, Kottayam, Alapuzha, Pathanamthitta, Idukki 07/04/01 - 07/16/01  86 dead; 40,000 displaced; Estimated damage Rs 5.52 billion; 4470 sq kms affected
"Eight people were killed as heavy rains continued to batter the southern Indian state of Kerala Monday, taking the death toll there to 68 since the start of the monsoon in the first week of June" 
No suitable Modis 250 data located
10 Gujarat State - southern Gujarat and the Saurashtra region. Baroda. Kutch district. Bhuj. Anjar. Pratappura. 06/20/01 - 06/21/01  29 dead; 38,730 sq kms affected
"Three villages in Baroda, 125 kilometers (80 miles) southeast of the state's main commercial center, Ahmadabad, were inundated following the breach in a dam at nearby Pratappura. " 
11 NE India --Tripura State - West Tripura District, Patharkandi area.
Southern Assam State- Karimganj district. Barak valley.
06/05/01 - 06/22/01 5 DEAD; 700,000 DISPLACED;
"The authorities have sounded the red alert in the states of Assam and Tripura where all major rivers have been swollen by incessant rains"
"India's northeast state of Tripura, which was hit by heavy flood, remained cut off from the rest of the country for the third day Friday ... In the neighboring state of Assam, the situation was even worse with more than 200,000 people of nearly 100 villages in the southern part of the state affected" 


Sn Areas affected Dates Notes
1 Terai region - Saptari and Itahari districts 10/05/01 - 10/07/01 2 dead, 800 displaced; Estimated damage US$ 260,000; 200 hectares flooded; 8300 sq kms affected;
"The floods, in the lowland tropical region of the country, have caused thousands of dollars of damage to property and crops, according to police. "The torrential rains lasting over 72 hours have washed away several thousand acres of farmland with standing paddy crops, apart from damaging the roads in the area,"
2 Western Districts: Arghakhanchi, Dolakha, Gulmi. 
Trishuli River near Kathmandu.
08/29/01 - 09/03/01  17 dead; 300 hectares flooded; 563 sq kms affected
Landslides and floods block the major highway linking Katmandu with the rest of Nepal "Road crews had scraped out a temporary path next to the main Prithvi Highway. But unceasing rainfall sent rocks and mud sliding down the hillsides and that route was soon blocked, too. Cars and trucks were backed up for miles along the highway from a point 95 kilometers (60 miles) west of Katmandu, the
capital, said Shrestha. "
3 Districts: Myadi, Kailali, Myagdi, Baglung and Nawalparasi. Villages: Arman , Ratamata, Tikapur Municipality. Karnali river  07/29/01 - 08/01/01  20 dead; 100 displaced; Estimated damages US$ 1,500,000; 1300 sq kms affected
"Six persons are feared buried under the rubble of landslides while the rest are swept away by floods in several remote villages of the district" 
4 Satya Devi village of Dhading district. Rivers: Disung, Kakhet. 06/26/01 - 06/26/01  35 dead; 470 sq kms affected

"Torrential monsoon rains flooded a river and set off a landslide in Nepal"