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5th International Conference on Rain Water Cistern Systems
"Rainwater Catchment for Future Generations"
Keelung, Taiwan, R.O.C. - August 1991

Section 10: Country Reports and Future Outlooks

Page 586

The Necessity And Scope Of Rainwater Harvest In Bangladesh

Md. Rafiqul Hoque
Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh


Bangladesh is a tropical country influenced by Monsoon climate. The average annual rainfall is about 2300 mm. But more than 80% of that rainfall occurs during a short period (May-August) resulting in huge runoff volume and subsequent floods. On the other hand, during the dry season (Nov. - Feb.), there is almost no or very little-rainfall resulting in too much shortage of water with subsequent severe draught conditions. Due to this two extreme and opposite conditions prevailing in Bangladesh the total economy of the country is suffered tremendously

In this paper, with respect to taking care of this two extreme situations to some possible extend, the necessity and scope of rain water harvest in Bangladesh has been discussed and suggested some strategies.

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