GCSE LEDC Flooding Case Study -1998 Bangladesh Flood
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What year was the Bangladesh Flood?
In which 2 months did this occur?
Stat time, What % of the country was flooded?
How long was the country flooded for?
Over 70 days
How many homes were destroyed?
7 million homes were destroyed
How many people were made homeless?
25m people were made homeless
What were the causes?
Bangladesh is a very flat country with 3/4 of the country being around 10m above sea level
1000mm fell in July & the 3 major rivers in Bangladesh broke their banks
Name those 3 major rivers please that broke their banks after 1000mm of rainwater fell?
River Ganges, Meghna & Brahmaputra
What problem did massive deforestation in Bangladesh cause?
The rapid deforestation in Bangladesh caused rapid overland flow flow and a higher peak discharge and smaller lag times
Bangladesh is an LEDC so minimal, embankments or levees are poorly maintained & some collapsed
Positive effects of flooding in Bangladesh?
It's essential every year to maintain crops & distribute slit across the fields, although
What % of the country was submerged?
70% of Bangladesh was submerged
Name 3 negative effects
- Drinking supply contaminated...led to diseases ect
- Electricity supply was cut-off
- Shortages of food&medicine
What was the estimated cost of the floods?
It was predicted that the floods would cost $1.5b, this put the country's development back 10 years!
How does Bangladesh cope from flooding?
- Some houses are built on stilts
- Hundreds of embankments
- Warning systems + shelters
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