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Sky News Think Bangladesh Never Used To Flood

July 10, 2021

By Paul Homewood




Sky’s propaganda report on extreme weather also mentioned flooding in Bangladesh:

The immediate human cost of heatwaves in Canada, flooding in Bangladesh, hurricanes in the United States and wildfires in Australia is of course high.

As any competent journalist should have known, severe flooding in Bangladesh is a common event, something which has always occurred in the majority of years. British Pathe , for instance, have many film footages from the 1970s on the link below. I’d recommend viewing one at random.



The headlines give you a flavour:

  • 1972  – Monsoon floods bring death and misery –

                       – Thousands made homeless

                       – Major air drop of food begins to feed millions facing starvation

  • 1974  – Worst floods in living memory

                       -  Millions face famine

  • 1975  – 10,000 homeless

  • 1976  – Nearly a quarter of the country under water

  • 1977  -  200,000 homeless

  • 1978   – Army launches massive rescue operation to save victims of floods

And this does not even cover the Bhola cyclone in 1971, which took a half a million lives.

Sadly Sky News and honest, competent journalism seem to have parted company long ago.

  1. July 10, 2021 10:49 am

    I’m sure that in my geography lessons many years ago, Bangladesh was mainly a river (several rivers in fact) delta. As anyone with any commonsense knows, a river delta forms where rivers meet the sea and is only formed by alluvial deposits left by flooding. I guess modern journalists don’t study geography, they prefer media studies.

  2. Ian PRSY permalink
    July 10, 2021 10:52 am

    And, of course, don’t mention population growth in a country that’s largely spreading into a river delta.

    • saveenergy permalink
      July 10, 2021 12:10 pm

      Nor the fact that in the Partition of India 1947, the British forcibly moved millions into the swamps of the Ganges delta, making it one of the most densely populated countries in the world.

  3. Is it just me? permalink
    July 10, 2021 11:44 am

    I saw an excellent cartoon recently, says it all really. Journalist stands at a crossroads where they can take one of two roads. One road is ‘print the truth’ and it leads to dismissal and ruin. The other is ‘keep your job’ and it leads to writing about how toothpaste is homophobic.

  4. Vernon E permalink
    July 10, 2021 1:12 pm

    Further to Ian. Yes, Bangladesh is the delta of two of Asia’s greatest rivers and of course it floods. The published data for sea level rise in the Bay of Bengal is absolutely typical at 1 – 3 mms per year. If that rises by meters (as Sky claim) forget Babgladesh and think Calcutta. Millions living already at sea level will die or be displaced. Haven’t seen any signs yet though.

  5. July 10, 2021 1:45 pm

    Can Sky News tell us how 0.04% CO2 in the atmosphere could cause ‘extreme’ weather, whereas 0.03% could not? If not, its scaremongering climate drivel should cease as of now.

  6. Broadlands permalink
    July 10, 2021 3:56 pm

    For some actual facts on Bangladesh… go here:

    “There is a widespread misconception that a rising sea-level with global warming will overwhelm Bangladesh’s coastal area contour by contour and will thereby displace as many as 10–30 million people in the 21st century e.g., (Gore, 2009; Houghton, 2009). In some accounts, that situation will be aggravated by high rates of land subsidence (Syvitski et al., 2009), a recent doubling of the rate of sea-level rise (Smith, 2012) and rapid, on-going rates of coastal erosion (Vidal, 2013a,b). The accounts given to-date imply that the Bangladeshi people are helpless against a rising sea-level and will be unable to resist the rising water. Those assumptions and descriptions are incorrect.”

  7. July 10, 2021 4:35 pm

    Irritated by countless evidence-free accounts of Bangladesh disappearing due to global warming, I once looked up its surface area on Google. Everywhere I found the same suspiciously round figure, which I traced back to the World Bank. They had a graph for annual change in surface area data for every country, which for Bangladesh consisted of a flat line dating back to 1964. Someone had made an estimate half a century year ago and hadn’t bothered to update it since. The country’s annual statistics gave a larger figure, since land is being reclaimed with the aid of Dutch engineers.

    Some psychotherapists once flew a Bangladeshi widow into a seminar in Somerset to recount how her plot of land had gone saline and been bought up by a rapacious sheep farmer. Their report mentioned in passing how her husband had been eaten by a tiger, which the shrinks seemed to think was a lesser tragedy. It does indicate biodiversity, after all.

  8. Stonyground permalink
    July 10, 2021 4:56 pm

    Apologies for being OT but I have been getting pop up ads from WWF trying to blag money for repairing the damage done by last year’s wildfires. My understanding is that areas affected by wildfires repair themselves naturally and don’t actually need any help from these scammers. Scammers being the word, soliciting money under false pretences is illegal isn’t it?

    • John Hultquist permalink
      July 10, 2021 7:35 pm

      Wildfires do different levels of damage. That is, some areas are damaged very little. Other places the vegetation and soil are left as inert materials.
      In the worst cases it is good practice to do repair work and re-plant native trees and shrubs. Straw wattles (search that up with images) and other erosion prevention materials and techniques also help.

      The World Wide Fund (WWF) is not on my list of organizations to support.

      In the USA one can find a link to memorial gift links on obituary sites. One such is to a program of the Arbor Day Foundation that teams with the U. S. Forest Service to plant trees in state or national forests where the USFS has determined the need. A friend bought a gift of 50 trees for a mutual acquaintance.
      Other nations will have similar arrangements.

  9. Ed Bo permalink
    July 10, 2021 5:45 pm

    We mustn’t forget the 1970 Bhola cyclone, which killed over 500,000 in Bangladesh (then stil East Pakistan), mostly by flooding.

  10. Ed Bo permalink
    July 10, 2021 5:46 pm

    Sorry, missed the very end of the post.

  11. MrGrimNasty permalink
    July 10, 2021 7:36 pm

    When even hardcore climate alarmist Wiki can’t ignore the fact that flooding is the norm……… it really is time to give up pretending that you are a professional news organisation.

  12. Matt Dalby permalink
    July 13, 2021 10:08 pm

    Bangladesh floods=climate change.
    Monsoon is less intense than normal and Bangladesh doesn’t flood=climate change.
    Heads we win, tails you loose.
    There really isn’t any arguing with these people, since in order to argue with someone they need to hold a logically coherent position.

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