Causes and Possible Control Measures of Flood in Bangladesh

by Jobaid Kabir, Lower Colorado River Authority, United States,
Nadira Kabir, Lower Colorado River Authority, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Optimizing the Resources for Water Management


Intensity and frequency of occurrence of devastating floods in Bangladesh have increased significantly over the past two decades. Large scale deforestation in the upstream reaches of Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna Rivers in India, Nepal, China, and Bhutan are causing increased flows of water and sediment to these rivers. Barrages constructed at the upstream reaches in India are being operated without sufficient coordination with the downstream conditions at Bangladesh. As a result, flood flows are more severe than they would have been without their existence. Regional and local flood control measures are essential for alleviating this annual tragedy.

Subject Headings: Rivers and streams | Developing countries | Floods | Flow measurement | Water discharge measurement | Flood frequency | Water flow | Asia | Bangladesh | India | Nepal | China | Bhutan

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