A Comparison of the flood in the Netherlands in 1995 and the Flood of Bangladesh in 1998: Going by Geography, Impact and Effect.

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In 1995 in the rain poured over in the Netherlands in large parts of the Rhine and the Maas that the rivers broke their banks, causing flooding in Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and The Netherlands. Most of the areas affected face flooding in Christmas 1993 prior to 1994 the last serious flooding in the Netherlands had been in 1926. In the summer of 1998 half, the country of Bangladesh was under water and almost a part of the ocean. This report will go into the main similarities and differences between the geography of Bangladesh and the geography of The Netherlands, the similarities and differences between the impact of the floods in Bangladesh in 1998 and the flood in The Netherlands in 1995. The natural causes of the foods as well as the human causes of the floods in Bangladesh and The Netherlands. The flood defenses in Bangladesh and The Netherlands as well as the short-term government and human response in the Netherlands and Bangladesh.

The report will also study ways of how Bangladesh and The Netherlands do to reduce the impact of future floods.


The Netherlands is known for being an extremely flat country. Half of its surface area is less that 1 m above sea level, and large parts of it are below sea level. Bangladesh consist mostly of low lying river delta located on the Indian subcontinent with a largely marshy jungle coastline on the Bay of Bengal known as the Sundarbans and one of the largest mangrove forests in the world.

A range of dikes and dunes protect the areas in the Netherlands from flooding, usually. The highest point in the Netherlands, the Vaalserberg, in the southeastern point of the country is 321 m above sea level. Hills rise above the plain in Bangladesh only in...