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Encyclopedia > Bangladesh famine of 1974

Possibly over a million people died in the Bangladesh famine of 1974, from July 1974 to January 1975, although the Bangladesh government claimed only 26,000 people died. 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ...

The causes are generally thought to be a combination of natural disasters (cyclones, droughts and floods) in the early 1970's, combined with various local and internationally influenced socio-political factors which followed the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971 [1]. A tropical cyclone in the northern hemisphere. ... A drought or an extreme dry periodic climate is an extended period where water availability falls below the statistical requirements for a region. ... Look up Flood in Wiktionary, the free dictionary A flood (in Old English flod, a word common to Teutonic languages; compare German Flut, Dutch vloed from the same root as is seen in flow, float) is an overflow of water, an expanse of water submerging land, a deluge. ... The Bangladesh Liberation War (two other names are also used occasionally) refers to an armed conflict between West Pakistan (now Pakistan) and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) that lasted for roughly nine months in 1971. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ...

Among the socio-political factors, Devinder Sharma of the Global Hunger Alliance claims that: The Global Hunger Alliance is a coalition and network of about 100 organizations from around the world, together with university researchers, and grassroots activists who distribute information and take socio-political action in favour of what they believe to be effective and morally acceptable methods of preventing famine and malnutrition. ...

At the height of the 1974 famine in the newly born Bangladesh, the US had withheld 2.2 million tonnes of food aid to 'ensure that it abandoned plans to try Pakistani war criminals'.[2]

... A war crime is a punishable offense, under international (criminal) law, for violations of the law of war by any person or persons, military or civilian. ...


  1. ^  http://banglapedia.search.com.bd/HT/F_0015.htm
  2. ^  Famine as Commerce, by Devinder Sharma



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