The land of Bangladesh has been formed by the deposition of sediment from three great rivers - the Meghna, the Brahmaputra and the Ganges. In addition, much of the country is less than one metre above sea level and is therefore under continuous and increasing threat from flooding.
On 16 November 2007, a category four cyclone, Sidr, hit the coastal regions of southern Bangladesh. In the first phase of the relief programme the most severely affected chars in seven districts of northern Bangladesh were targeted for distribution of emergency relief support.

Flooding tends to be caused by heavy rain: the faster the rainwater reaches the river channel, the more likely it is to flood. Most of the land forms a delta from three main rivers - Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna - and 25% of Bangladesh is less than 1m above sea level. Friendship implemented the whole relief, reconstruction and rehabilitation programme in close coordination with local government bodies, Bangladesh Army, Navy and other NGOs operating in the affected areas. There are human causes too - building on the floodplains and cutting down trees both increase the effects of flooding.

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