Bangladesh is a poor country whose economy rests mostly on agriculture, usually on rice. Rice is a fairly delicate crop and the country is subject to frequent bad weather, including monsoons, as well as repeated flooding and tsunamis. Much of the crops and businesses suffer because of this.
This has also damaged communications (roads etc.) and public facilities such as hospitals and schools which are not rebuilt after such disasters.
The country suffers from unreliable services such as electricity, corruption and poor government.
- The average income of a Bangladeshi is about US$1900 per year.
- 31% live below the poverty line – in other words they can’t feed their families or buy basic goods.