LEDC River Flooding Case Study

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Location of LEDC floods (plus river)
River Ganges and Brahmaptra, India/Bangladesh
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When did the India/Bangladesh flood happen?
July/August 2007
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What were the causes of the flood?
500mm of rain fell in the month of July, snow melt from Himalayan mountains, peak discharge of both rivers occurred at the same time which increased discharge downstream
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What were the primary effects of the flood?
Over 2000 deaths, 44 schools closed, 25 million homeless, many factories closed and livestock killed
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What were the secondary effects of the flood?
Children lost out on education-4000 affected, 100,000 people caught water-borne diseases, many farmers and workers became unemployed, rice yields decreased and so the price rose by 10%
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What were the immediate responses to the flood?
International charities and the government sent out aid to provide clean water, food and shelter. As well as boats to rescue stranded. Many people didn't evacuate as they ha no where to go. Those who did, were slowed down by blocked transport links.
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What were the long-term responses to the flood?
International charities help to rebuild schools, homes and factories. They rebuilt houses on stilts to reduce the impact of flooding in the future.
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