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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Where Will You Be When the Floodwaters Rise? -- The Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani Experience


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India is another interesting case. While she clearly has some major inland cities (Hyderabad, Bangalore), coastal flooding, agricultural devastation and mass displacement of internal refugees are not her only problems. A quick glance of the map will indicate that virtually the entire nation of Bangladesh will go underwater at a 164 foot rise in sea levels, and that country is already famously plagued by monsoon flooding. Obviously, those people will have to go somewhere, and their neighbor of India is the most logical place for most of them to go. Creating yet further strains on India's resources.

Meanwhile, massive flooding in the lower Indus river valley could destabilize Pakistan as it eliminated some of her key cities. Even if this did not occur, such colossal damage could as easily raise tensions between the two nuclear-armed powers as it could open the way for cooperation.

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