Geography Rivers Flooding in Bangladesh

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How many people are dependant in Bangladesh on the river for livelihood?
30 million
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The drainage basin of the Ganges and Brahmaputra cover what other locations?
parts of the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau and much of Northern India
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More than half of the country is how far above sea level?
5m
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When is monsoon season?
between June and September
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What percentage of the annual rainfall falls in monsoon season?
75%
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What is one of the main human cause of flooding in Bangladesh?
Dense population (over 900 people per km2)
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The world's largest delta is formed by the meeting of which 3 rivers?
Ganges, Brahmaputra & the Meghna rivers
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Deforestation is one of the major human causes, what does it cause?
increases surface run off and soil erosion, also leads to more overland flow and less infiltration of water
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Name 3 other human causes of the flooding
River diversion, installment of fresh water wells, international loans, lack of international investment, overseas pressure, inadequate overseas aid or corruption
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Why are floods vital to Bangladesh?
They provide much needed nutrients to the soil and also replenish the groundwater reserves
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When were the two major flooding events in Bangladesh?
1998 & 2007
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In the 1998 floods, how much of the country was submerged and which key location was cut off?
Two thirds, Dhaka the capital
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How many people were made homeless?
23 million
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The country's entire stock of what was wiped out during the floods?
Rice
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What were the major health issues that resulted from the flooding (mainly effected children)
1/4 children under 5 were malnourished and widespread starvation was forecast. Also diarrhoea and dysentery affected many who came into contact with contaminated water
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Which two large industries were badly affected? (20% below earnings)
Textiles & Shrimp production
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How many people does the textile industry in Bangladesh employ?
1.5 million
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After the floods how many factories were forced to close?
400
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How many workers were left jobless and how many of these were women?
166000, 130000 were women
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What meant that the disaster did not become a catastrophe?
International aid. The Bangladeshi government bought 350000 tonnes of cereals from Asian countries & a further 1million tonnes of international food was provided
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What organisation launched an appeal for medicine and water purification tablets?
The World Health Organisation
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In the 2007 floods, what was the second biggest cause of death after drowning?
Snakebites (35)
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How many were affected in the 2007 floods?
more than 7 million
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parts of the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau and much of Northern India

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When is monsoon season?

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