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Floods in Bangladesh: History, Dynamics and Rethinking the Role of the Himalayas Paperback – January 16, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press; First Edition edition (January 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9280811215
  • ISBN-13: 978-9280811216
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,725,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas Hofer is a mountain expert in the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome. Bruno Messerli is professor emeritus and former director of the Institute of Geography and rector of the University of Bern, Switzerland.


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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.
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