| ||Bangladesh is a deltaic plain drained by some 300 rivers, which for the most part, represent essential waterways. Swollen by the melting of Himalayan glaciers and above all by the summer monsoon, the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers overflow their banks and flood nearly half of the country. In this small territory of 143,000 km2, where 156 million people live, the population has adapted to these constraints. The rivers are as much dreaded as indispensable for water supplies to cities and the countryside, for transportation of people and freight, for the fertility and the protection of land from ocean and hurricanes. Millions of men and women are living on river islands that the flow of rivers and floods redraw constantly. But Bangladeshis must today face the increased danger and frequency of extreme weather caused by climate warming.
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