- Flooding in an LEDC: Bangladesh
- The 2004 floods occurred from July to September, flooding over half of the country at their peak.
- By July, 40% of Dhaka was underwater and 60% of the country was submerged.
- 600 deaths were reported in the 1st month which rose to 750 due to the spread of disease such as diarrhoea.
- 30 million were left homeless and 100,000 suffered from diarrhoea as the floods continued.
- Bangladesh experienced the heaviest rainfall in 50 years with 35cm falling in 1 day.
- Roads, railways and bridges were destroyed hindering relied efforts.
- 800.000 hectares of important agricultural land was destroyed leaving many poor and hungry.
- The damage to schools and hospitals was $7bn
- Important cash crops such as rice and Jute were devastated resulting in economic problems.
- The Government worked with non- governmental organisations to provide emergency relief.
- In July, the UN activated a disaster management team to co-ordinate the appeal.
- The UN supplied critical emergency supplies.
- Financial aid was granted for a period of 5 years.
- The loan was mainly supplied by the World Bank for repairs for infrastructure, water resource and education.
- A flood action plan is in place of Bangladesh however hasn't been completely successful.
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