Geography: river flooding in Bangladesh

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What and Where is Bangladesh and what and when did the river flood?
Bangladesh is an LEDC in South Asia •it experienced a flood in July and August of 2007, of the Brahmaputra and Ganges
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What were the causes of flooding?
Heavy rainfall if 900mm - saturating the soil and increasing surface run off
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What was another cause?
Peak discharge happened at the same time for both rivers - increasing the discharge downstream
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What else contributed to the flooding?
Melting snow from glaciers in the Himilayers
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Primary effects: how many people died?
Over 2000 people died
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Primary: how many people were made homeless?
25 million people were made homeless
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Primary: How many schools were destroyed?
44 schools totally destoryed
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Primary: how many houses were destroyed?
120,000 houses were destroyed
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Primary: how many roads were destroyed?
10,000km of roads were destroyed
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What happened to the rivers?
The rivers were polluted with rubbish and sewage
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Secondary: what happened to the schools and children?
Children lost out on education - around 4000 schools were affected by the flood
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Secondary: how many people caught diseases and what were they?
100,000 people caught waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea and dysentery
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Secondary: how did the flooding affect farmers?
Flooded fields reduced rice yields - prices rose by 10%
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Secondary: what happened to these farmers and factory workers?
They became unemployed
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Flood protection measures: what did Bamgladesh introduce?
A Flood Forecasting and Warning System, with 85 flood monitoring stations
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Management: what other flood protection did Bangladesh make?
6000km of man-made levees
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Management: how is flooding under conditions?
Controlled flooding- allowing sediment to build up to make natural banks
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What were the causes of flooding?

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Heavy rainfall if 900mm - saturating the soil and increasing surface run off

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What else contributed to the flooding?

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