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Real life disaster!

'Some of our neighbours got swept away,’ says Gile, 10, remembering when a huge flood swept over her village in Bangladesh. ‘The women and girls stayed in the house. We had three boats, so the boys used them to catch fish or find out what was happening to other people,’ she says.

‘Nobody could really help each other because they were too involved in trying to cope themselves. I was very frightened, especially of the high tide sweeping people away.’




Bangladesh is more affected by disasters like flooding than any other country in the world. The country is very flat and some parts are only 10 metres above sea level. In 2004, half the country was flooded and 19 million people were affected.

Now, Gile lives in a tin shed with her mum, dad, four brothers and six sisters.

Better prepared

They need to think about ways to protect themselves against flooding in the future. One of the ways they can do this is by planting trees around the house to protect the land from being washed away.



‘I think to be better prepared for floods, we should make a platform inside the house so we can store food and our school books there,' Gile says. 'Our house should be strong. We can use rope to tighten the bamboo poles.’

Gile has learnt about how climate change is likely to make things worse. ‘I have heard about global warming from the teacher at school,' she says. Her school is provided by a group that Christian Aid works with. The group also teaches people about farming, and how to better protect themselves from disasters.



Learning about climate change means Gile knows the danger her country is in. 'I’ve heard that snow in the mountains is melting and the sea water levels are rising. So our villages will be flooded,’ she says.