Bangladesh Disasters & Malnutrition

Look into the reality of natural disasters & malnutrition

Bangladesh Information on it's Geographical Location

Bangladesh is a disaster prone country with the population nearing about 140 million people. This country has an area of about 1, 47,570 sq. km. The country is well within the tropics and is the largest delta in the world formed by the mighty rivers namely the Ganges, the Brahmaputra and the Meghna. This country has a Himalayan range in the Northern top part. The spring snows melt in the Himalayan Mountains, the rivers there often run south to the sea with the melted ice flows into and this ads onto flooding. The Bay of Bengal is in the Southern region and it extends towards Meghna. These geographical places have an effect on the weather. The weather also has a big impact on the country's economy, way of life and MALNUTRITION.


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Bangladesh suffers May disasters both natural and man-made. Natural disasters include earthquakes, floods, landslides, tornadoes, tropical cyclones etc. Man-made disasters include poverty, overpopulation, inequality, Corruption, Political instability, terrorism, global warming, authoritarianism, human rights abuses. Bangladesh is a country that suffers from many natural disasters. These disasters lead to massive destruction and damage. This includes damage of crops etc. as well as loss of population and many other things. This mean that will be loss of nutrition. There are many establishments like farms, the ocean etc throughout the country which provide food and which could be potentially be harmful for these establishment since they could get destroyed in a matter of seconds by an earthquake, hurricane or tsunami. After because of it being surrounded by so many bodies of water, its geographical placement and it being slightly in the range of the Ring of fire, it is a country that could be hit by disaster any moment. This adds on to lots of malnutrition.

Shocking Malnutrition Fatcs

  1. Under nutrition costs Bangladesh more than USD one billion in lost productivity every year, and even more in health care costs.
  2. Forty-one percent of children (approx. 7 million) under the age of five are chronically undernourished; they are too short for their age, a condition known as stunting
  3. Even in the wealthiest households, 26 percent of children under the age of five are stunted, and 12 percent are wasted (have low weight-for-height).
  4. Sixteen percent of children under five in Bangladesh are wasted (low weight-for-height).
  5. Only 25 percent of children's diets have adequate dietary diversity where a minimum of four food groups out of seven are consumed on a daily basis.
  6. Forty percent of school-aged children are iron deficient.

The country consists of almost 80% of Floodplains which means that these areas are very much prone to flooding. during the monsoon. Stats show that 2/3 of the population are engaged in the agriculture industry and with the flooding taking place most of the farmers struggle to make ends meet for their families. Almost the whole Coastal Belt along the Bay of Bengal is experiencing Salinity problems. Salinity is the saltiness, or dissolved salt content, of water or soil. More than 80 percent of the animal protein in the Bangladeshi diet comes from fish. The rising levels of salt means that there would be declining in fish. This would also lead to the increasing price of fish. Fish being a great source of protein and being abundant in oceans, it's not as expensive and the families who cant afford, can buy fish; as of now. Rising sea levels has started to impact the landmass of this country. It is shown that this country could potentially loose 15% of land area under the sea. This could cause almost 30 million lives to move to refugee camps. That's loosing 2212.5 sq. km of land area. This would add on to the loss of crop of the work farmers have done. Food becomes more scarce adding onto the country's malnutrition. This also mean that there is limited amount of nutrition in the refugee camp of potentially 30 million people. Overall these natural disasters and unfortunate occurrences can have devastating impacts on a country especially on the nutrition. The nutrition related impacts are even more severe when it's a country that is continuously developing alongside with a low economy. This is because it's running through a cycle of getting hit with natures unwanted occurrences, trying to get things together by spending immense amount of money and then providing for the impacted lives and then being left with very little to go around. With very little to go around, it means that there isn't enough money to help the establishments to start producing again because of the damage done.
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Links (Most in MLA Format)

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