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A climate change disaster: More than 70 dead and 200,000 stranded in Bangladesh floods

Since climate change (global warming) is about a change over time, it is difficult to label single events as problems caused by climate change. Though, Bangladesh has been identified for many years as a place where climate change effects will cause harm. And, this latest round of flooding loss appears a profound example.

Current, 2012, news story referenced first. Then, background and video from previous years.

Seventy dead, 200,000 stranded in Bangladesh floods
(excerpt from) Reuters / June 27, 2012

(Reuters) – Days of rain in Bangladesh, some of the heaviest in years, have set off flash floods and landslides, killing at least 70 people and stranding about 200,000, police and officials said on Wednesday.

Low-lying and densely populated Bangladesh is battered by torrential downpours during the wet season, which began in the past few weeks…

Most of the deaths were caused by landslides, others by wall collapses, lightning strikes and surges of water. Army, police and fire brigade personnel were helping in rescue efforts…

Video: BBC World
from January 2008

How Global Warming Threatens Millions in Bangladesh
(excerpt from) USNEWS.com / March 26, 2009

…Bangladesh tops the 2009 Global Climate Risk Index, a ranking of 170 countries most vulnerable to climate change compiled by Germanwatch, an international nongovernmental organization that works on environment and development issues. The nation is particularly at risk because it is a vast delta plain with 230 rivers, many of which unstably swell during the monsoon rains. This geology, combined with river water from the melting Himalayan glaciers in the north and an encroaching Bay of Bengal in the south, makes the region prone to severe flooding. The situation is made worse by the prevalence of intense storms, a marker of climate stresses…

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What Can You Do To Help?

Kimberly writes: Someone once told me that if you raise a political or social problems, you should give people solutions, so readers don’t feel helpless. So, here are some ideas about how to help Bangladesh: Act, vote, and occupy against war, because, war is a huge, global warming problem; Vote Green Party, because they have always understand the importance of the climate change issue; Take steps to decrease your carbon footprint, such as driving less and using less electricity, etc.; Await information about good places to donate to help the people in Bangladesh (I will seek out charities such as Doctors Without Borders who have a good track record and/or local charities.)

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