Item description for Floods in Bangladesh: History, Dynamics and Rethinking the Role of the Himalayas by Thomas Hofer & Bruno Messerli...
There is no statistical evidence that the frequency of flooding in Bangladesh has increased during the 20th century. There is indication however, that the inter-annual variation of floods and the areal extent of big events have increased since 1950. Is it really true that deforestation and land use practices of the Himalayan farmers are to blame for the recurring and devastating monsoon floods in the plains of the Ganga and Brahmaputra? This book presents new evidence resulting from a research project on floods in Bangladesh in the context of highland-lowland linkages.
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Studio: United Nations University
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 1.7 lbs.
Release Date Nov 17, 2006
Publisher United Nations University Press
ISBN 9280811215 ISBN13 9789280811216
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futile remedies? Nov 24, 2007
The reader might despair of Bangladesh after reading this book. It describes the massive overcrowing of > 100 million people on a riverine delta. Subject to annual flooding, as has just happened last week. In this case, due to a cyclone.
The book describes how most of the land is at sea level. Actually quite fertile, due to the silt deposited by the rivers, that builds up the delta. Historically, this very fertility led to today's huge population. But the episodic flooding (quite apart from the cyclones) gives a concomitant death toll and massive property damage. The latter being inflicted on people with already very little.
Various remedies are proposed. The reader might ponder the efficacies of these. Well meaning, though maybe just palliatives. If much of the population could migrate to other countries, that would ease many of the problems. But India is the only obvious choice, and is unlikely to permit this.