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No Sky, Floods Are Not Getting Worse In Bangladesh

June 19, 2022

By Paul Homewood

h/t Ian Magness



The pathetic Sky News strikes again:




At least 62 people dead in Bangladesh and India after floods leave millions stranded

Experts say that climate change is increasing the frequency, ferocity and unpredictability of floods in Bangladesh.

Dozens of people have died and millions of homes are underwater following huge floods in north-eastern India and Bangladesh.

At least 62 people have died.

In India, Assam state’s disaster management agency said 32 of its 35 districts were underwater as the swollen Brahmaputra River broke its banks, displacing more than three million people.

The Brahmaputra – one of Asia’s largest rivers – breached its mud embankments, inundating 3,000 villages and croplands.

Lightning storms have killed at least 21 people in Bangladesh since Friday, while many others were lost to floods, lightning and landslides in India, the AFP agency reported.


Troops were called in to rescue thousands of people stranded by floods which have severed transport links, authorities said on Saturday.

While floods in Bangladesh are regular, experts say climate change is increasing their frequency, ferocity and unpredictability.

So where is the evidence for your claim, Sky? Should be easy to find, if it is so obvious.

Far from getting worse, the data shows that deaths from flooding in Bangladesh have declined markedly since the 1970s:


Of course, deaths can be avoided by better forecasting and warning systems, but homeless numbers have also fallen sharply, suggesting that the floods themselves are not as severe:


And the economic damages also show a drastic fall, confirming this:



I wonder what Sky will blame on climate change next? The shoddy quality of their journalism?

  1. Gamecock permalink
    June 19, 2022 5:37 pm

    ‘The shoddy quality of their journalism?’

    It’s not shoddy; it’s journalism.

  2. chriskshaw permalink
    June 19, 2022 5:54 pm

    I sense you mean “what passes for journalism today”, GC. Non?

    • Gamecock permalink
      June 20, 2022 12:09 am

      Having observed journalists and journalism for over 50 years, I can’t imagine where the idea that they are good, honest people came from. ‘Shoddy journalism’ is redundant.

      Take this article. Bangladesh has a long history of severe flooding.

      ‘At least 62 people dead in Bangladesh and India’

      This is tiny compared to past floods.

      The journalist is IGNORANT of Bangladesh, and too incurious to look it up. And it is WILLFUL. Internet resources are infinite.

      And this:

      ‘Bangladesh, a nation of 160 million people, is low-lying and faces threats from natural disasters such as floods and cyclones, made worse by climate change.’

      Made worse by WHAT ?!?!

      These are not honorable people. It is absurd to assume they are. You’d have to have been in a coma the last 50 years.

      ‘Experts say that climate change is increasing the frequency, ferocity and unpredictability of floods in Bangladesh.’

      A stupid lie.

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        June 20, 2022 8:39 am

        Agreed, there is a strange shift around the 1960s/70s (perhaps WWII with the war journalists?) where journalists suddenly go from scum of the Earth liars to noble upholds of Truth. But as both reality and novels such as Scoop showed, journalism has always been about lies and politics. The West may not have gone the full Pravda route but journalists have always protected various groups from exposure – the royals/aristocracy in the 19th and early 20th centuries, government/presidents/prime ministers after that, whatever fitted with their own political agendas from the 1970s onwards. In the UK “balance” was provided by having competing biases from different ends of the political spectrum. Now with many issues – Green, BLM, trans, energy – there’s no balance at all.

      • Gamecock permalink
        June 20, 2022 1:34 pm

        Phoenix, to my American view, the shift occurred in the early 70s, when Woodward and Bernstein brought down Richard Nixon.

        It wasn’t just a political shift. The press felt POWER. They liked it. They wanted to use it. Journalism stopped being observing and reporting events, it became controlling events.

        But journalists have always been hollow people.

        “a profession whose business it is to explain to others what it
        personally does not understand” – Alfred Harmsworth

      • Gamecock permalink
        June 20, 2022 1:56 pm

        To wit: the BBC is not a news organization; it is an instrument of power.

  3. June 19, 2022 6:05 pm

    Paul, I was living in Singapore in the late 1960s and remember watching reports of flooding in Bangladesh during the monsoon. Also, I remember wading chest high in flood water at Bukit Timah roundabout in Singapore – the monsoon was very heavy in those years, exactly as those graphs show. My son works in both Thailand and Singapore and reports that there has been no significant increase in the weather conditions over the last 20 years. However, human population in the Far East has rocketed over that period, as has the urban heat island effect. You may draw your own conclusions as to the real ‘climate change’ problem.

    • Duker permalink
      June 19, 2022 9:50 pm

      In addition the weather stories and even the meteorological agencies now ignore any previous events before say 30 years back, especially rainfall as that cant ‘adjusted like the temperatures are

  4. chriskshaw permalink
    June 19, 2022 6:06 pm

    Anyone else follow ..and Then there’s Physics? Today’s blog was awful. Poor girl can’t decide if it’s moral or even fair that poor people will suffer proportionately more from CAGW policies

    • Adam Gallon permalink
      June 19, 2022 8:10 pm

      Not looked at that for years. The bloke’s a real CAGW nutjob.

      • Ben Vorlich permalink
        June 19, 2022 10:00 pm

        I remember him from years ago on Bishop Hill I think it was. As you say a fully paid up founder member.

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      June 19, 2022 10:34 pm

      I thought ATTP was Ken Rice. Professor at Edinburgh Univ and all-round climate maniac. One of about 500 staff in the School of Astronomy. Head in the clouds and archetypal “who are you to argue with us, pleb?” type

  5. Broadlands permalink
    June 19, 2022 6:09 pm

    Like parts of the US Gulf Coast, Bangladesh is one of those places that is subsiding. Climate change is not the problem.

  6. June 19, 2022 6:41 pm

    I have seen this step jump before
    IPCC : we *predict* that floods will be more frequent and more intense
    CutNpasting journo : floods *ARE* more frequent and more intense
    Seems everyone is sourcing off AFP Agence France-Presse

    SkyNews Sunday 19 June 2022 13:47
    : “Experts say that climate change is increasing the frequency, ferocity and unpredictability of floods in Bangladesh
    .. At least 62 people dead

    The New Arab 22 May, 2022 (is that date right ?)
    : “Floods are a regular part of life in parts of Bangladesh and northeast India,
    but experts predict that climate change is making them more ferocious and unpredictable
    killed around 60 people.

    The Islamic Information HANIYA HASSAN JUNE 19, 2022
    “Experts say climate change *is* causing floods in low-lying Bangladesh to be more frequent, ferocious, and unpredictable.
    Death toll rises to 59”

    Guardian “Associated Press in Dhaka” Sun 19 Jun 2022
    At least 59 dead
    Despite a promoter tweeting this line
    “Climate change *is* increasing the frequency and unpredictability of floods in Bangladesh.”
    The report doesn’t contain it

    • June 19, 2022 6:42 pm

      This twitter search list similar stories

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      June 19, 2022 9:00 pm

      “Ferocious” is a very peculiar word to use in the context of flooding. The rest is simply unproven assertions.

  7. June 19, 2022 6:45 pm

    ‘Experts say’…’trust me, I’m an expert’ 🙄

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      June 19, 2022 11:02 pm

      Somehow I always envision Harrabin or Roger Black using that phrase about some falsehood they have invented.

      • Gamecock permalink
        June 20, 2022 1:36 pm

        I see Jeremy Clarkson.

  8. MrGrimNasty permalink
    June 19, 2022 7:08 pm

    This C5 trip down the summer of 1976 memory lane was great until I had to turn it off near the end. Yes predictably it suddenly veered off from factual history, and became the first indication of climate change, and now instead of enjoying nice weather we must feel the guilt and danger of what we have done. Pfffft.

  9. Cheshire Red permalink
    June 19, 2022 8:06 pm

    When I was growing up in the 70’s there was a Blue Peter Appeal every year, and it seemed each years appeal was for yet another ‘flood disaster in Bangladesh’.

    It might have helped if they hadn’t built their capital city in the middle of the Bengal delta!

    Thankfully Dhaka seems to be doing better at the flood prevention lark these days. Can someone tell Sky?

  10. Phoenix44 permalink
    June 19, 2022 8:58 pm

    “Experts say that climate change is increasing the frequency, ferocity and unpredictability…”

    So it’s more unpredictable and more predictable? And what is “ferocity” in science terms? As for frequency that’s just unproven as ever. So the experts just ralk drivel.

  11. dennisambler permalink
    June 19, 2022 10:28 pm

    Written in 2010: “Extreme Weather – Extreme Claims”
    “The on-going claims of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming have been ramped up again lately because of the opportunities presented by the heat wave in Russia and the floods in Pakistan, which are also being claimed as attributable to anthropogenic CO2. If the amount spent on global warming were to be diverted to mitigating and preventing the worst effects of natural disasters, then the desperate plight of the people of Pakistan would be relieved more quickly.”

    Click to access extreme_weather_extreme_claims.pdf

  12. June 19, 2022 11:12 pm

    BTW I used to live in Nepal and Assam and Megalaya
    I stayed for some weeks 30 miles north of Sylhet
    but never crossed the border
    Basically Megalaya state in India is a huge rock you can go to the edge and look down on the Sylhet part of Bangladesh
    If we had huge rains, (which we didn’t whilst I was there) then I could imagine it would all pour down on Sylhet.
    When the huge rains had happened a few months earlier I was in Nepal the road that used to go to west Nepal got smashed cos it was on op of a dam wall that got smashed
    Building dams and them getting smashed makes a big difference to flood impacts too.

  13. NeilC permalink
    June 20, 2022 7:34 am

    O/T a good article from Neil Oliver on GB News channel about IPCC attempted cover ups.

  14. jamesrethomas permalink
    June 20, 2022 8:31 am

    I was in school in 1970 when I was shocked to read about the Bhola cyclone that struck East Pakistan and learned that perhaps 500,000 people died. We do live in better times.

    • Gamecock permalink
      June 20, 2022 1:39 pm

      Tim Worstall has reported significant improvements in Bangladesh’ economy.

  15. June 20, 2022 12:29 pm

    Science now consists of “experts say” without reference to who those experts are or the source of their claim. Also when these fabled experts are shown to be wrong there is zero accountability. This whole lie is perpetuated on a lack of ability to challenge publicly and accountability when they are shown to be wrong. Sounds like a lot of other causes in the marxist cupboard “just accept what we tell you and don’t you dare challenge anything we say because you will suffer”

  16. June 20, 2022 12:33 pm

    Notwithstanding the fact that Bangladesh is one of the most marginal places for humans to live on the planet. The country is built on a delta and guess how deltas form and what deltas do.,… they require flooding to cover the surface with sediment and they also subside all on their own as they dewater, with the subsidence accelerated by man walking on top of them and also by extracting water from them which accelerates the dewatering process.

  17. Bloke down the pub permalink
    June 20, 2022 5:20 pm

    Hi Paul

    ‘While floods in Bangladesh are regular, experts say climate change is increasing their frequency, ferocity and unpredictability.’

    While the graphs you show give good news on the declining effect of flooding, do you have any graphs which contradict Sky’s central claim?

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