Bangladesh, situated b y the Bay of Bengal, is bordered by Myanmar and India. Most of the country is situated on deltas of large rivers flowing from the Himalayas: the Ganges unites with the Jamuna (main channel of the Brahmaputra) and later joins the Meghna to eventually empty into the Bay of Bengal. The climate is tropical with mild winters and hot humid summers. In terms of Natural resources, Bangladesh has access to natural gas, arable land, timber and coal.

Key Water Issues and Challenges

  • Droughts
  • Cyclones; much of the country routinely inundated during the summer monsoon season
  • Many people are landless and forced to live on and cultivate flood-prone land
  • Waterborne diseases prevalent in surface water
  • Water pollution, especially of fishing areas, results from the use of commercial pesticides
  • Ground water contaminated by naturally occurring arsenic
  • Intermittent water shortages because of falling water tables in the northern and central parts of the country
  • Soil degradation and erosion; deforestation
  • Severe overpopulation

Contact GWP Bangladesh

Ms.Priyanka Dissanayake, Regional Coordinator

More Information

AQUASTAT -FAO's Information System on Water and Agriculture

UN-Water Statistics


Posted: 2012-07-25

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