Bangladesh Natural Disasters-Floods

Bangladesh is commonly known as the one of the poorest countries in the world with a Bangladesh poverty rate at a level that people in the western world could not even imagine. Although quite unstable, the Bangladesh economy seems to be strengthening and there are different programs and projects that the government undertakes in order to make this country a better place for its people. But unfortunately, Bangladesh is also the victim of serious natural disasters which tend to occur quite often and which undermine the efforts undertaken for the Bangladesh development. Here one can read more about the Bangladesh floods, why they occur and what kind of damage they can do.

The Bangladesh floods are commonly a result of the geographical position of the country. As one may know, Bangladesh is situated in the Ganges Delta and this can make it probe to flooding especially during the rainy season. At the same time, coastal flooding also occurs in Bangladesh and together with river flooding can cause severe damage to the landscape and society, as well as the already promiscuous Bangladesh economy. It is estimated that 3 quarters of the country’s territory is less than 10 m above sea level and as much as 80% of it is flood plain, these numbers show that Bangladesh is highly prone to flooding which often have the potential and are in the end very damaging from all perspectives.

Not only the rivers and sea contribute to the increasing chances of Bangladesh floods, but the melt water from the Himalayas also contributes to the flooding. It is estimated that as much as 26,000 square km are being flooded each year, resulting in the death of as many as 5,000 people and the destruction of more than 7 million homes. Thus, there is no wonder that the Bangladesh development is severely impeded by the natural disasters brought by waters.