Low-lying Bangladesh with its 230 rivers and dense population of over 150 million has long been prone to flooding, soil erosion and saltwater intrusion, but climate change could aggravate the situation, experts and government officials warn. In a report entitled A Global Report: Reducing Disaster Risk: A Challenge for Development, the UNDP has identified Bangladesh as the country most vulnerable to tropical cyclones and sixth most vulnerable to floods. According to data from the government's Centre for Environmental and Geographic Information Systems (CEGIS), two-thirds of the country is only five meters above sea level, rendering it particularly vulnerable to sea level rises and tidal waves. Melting Himalayan glaciers and an encroaching Bay of Bengal in the south, further increase the risk of flooding, experts say. (IRIN)

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