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A report about the severe floods which occur in Bangladesh each year. Severe floods can have a devastating effect on a community and land can be lost and created by the floods. The silt washed up by the river provides a very fertile base for many crops to grow, which means Bangladesh doesn't have to rely on imported food. The land which is left behind after a flood is called charland, and the people who build temporary houses on it are known as charland dwellers.
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14 June 2007

Classroom Ideas

Children could investigate the weather in Bangladesh and see if there is a pattern when it floods. They could then design buildings that could withstand the floods, for example they could create a home on stilts with a hull bottom. They could then think about what they would need in their house boat to survive the monsoon. They could also investigate the best soils for growing crops.