"The gift of the rivers."
Asia's largest rivers, the Ganges and the Bramaputra, join in the world's most extensive delta and flow into the Bay of Bengal. There lies Bangladesh, a nation of 140 million people beset by poverty and the floods of the rivers, and now also affected by rising sea level. Gary Braasch visited to document this threat, and found the people to be gracious, friendly, and resilient. A report on Bangladesh facing global warming appears on the World View of Global Warming Web site.
A way of life in crowded Bangladesh -- crush of people
and rick shaws on the road from the dock at Bhola, south of Dhaka.
Evening on the dock at Bhola, south of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Fruit vendor near Sadarghat, the main docks of Dhaka,
Frantic rickshaw traffic near Sadarghat, main docks
of Dhaka Bangladesh -- which has some of the worst traffic and air pollution
of major Asian cities
Dhaka twine dealer
Bangladeshis point to where the town mosque stood
just two months ago, as increasing river erosion is eating away at their
town south of Dhaka.
Bangladesh erosion along river cuts a town in the
middle, an increasing threat from global warming.