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Bangladesh was hit by one of the worst monsoons seen by South Asia. Why didn't Bangladesh's flood control systems stop the monsoon seas from breaking into the city?

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Bangladesh was hit by one of the worst monsoons seen by South Asia. Why didn't Bangladesh's flood control systems stop the monsoon seas from breaking into the city? For the last couple of decades, Bangladesh has regularly spending about 20 percent of its budget on water development projects. They have put in place numerous 'Flood Action Programs' (FAP) yet, the floods still brake through the banks. Not only that. In some respects, the situation seems to be worsening. For example, it's now witnessing quick recurrence of major flooding. The country was yet to recover from the shock of 1987 and 1988 floods before being hit by the, 1998 flood. Second, the 1998 flood has displayed certain additional alarming characteristics. One of these is the unusually slow pace of floodwater recession. ...read more.

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The monsoon was picked up on sensors in the sea, but the monsoon moved quicker that expected, and no one expected it to be so strong. As with all severe weather conditions, a general warning was issued on the radio. As not all residents do not have a radio, people went about with loud speakers spreading the news. A tidal surge broke through the embankment, which had not been built to withstand such forces. Why was it so strong hitting Bangladesh? This is simple, because Bangladesh is at the base of to shore lines and it is the end of the coast. So the wind cyclones are funnelled towards the area, they had not seen such terrific cyclones in 30 years. There was a small cyclone centre to people ratio, and so not all the residents could fit into the shelter. ...read more.

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Why would people choose to live here? People live here because, it is the only place they can make a living. Many people work in the shrimp farms, the young people will collect the baby shrimps. These will grow in salt farms; these will be peeled and sold in the west. Fishing is the only thing he people can do, and so they must stay in Bangladesh. What measures have been made after the horrific monsoon? The banks have been reinforced, people are being taught how they can help cope with the monsoons and that they should use the shelters, as a lot of families think that both sexes shouldn't mix if not married. With the new teachings and preparations, an incident of this magnitude shouldn't happen. By George Barlow ...read more.

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