Aftermath of the Bangladesh Floods, Jul-Sep 1998

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EFFECTS OF THE FLOODS

  • Deposition of silt on the land provided soil for agriculture
  • Two thirds of Bangladesh was covered in water
  • Dhaka was 2m underwater
  • 30 million people were left homeless
  • 1070 people died (some as a direct result but others due to the spread of water-borne diseases such as typhoid and cholera)
  • 700,000 ha of crops were destroyed.  This included rice, one of Bangladesh's main exports
  • Bangladeshi economy suffered - 400 clothes factories were forced to close
  • Transport routes were damaged which hindered aid efforts

SHORT-TERM MEASURES

  • Food aid was sent by…

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