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Warm temperatures are found year-round throughout Bangladesh, with not much change, although January seems to be the coolest month (66 F/19 C) while May tends to be the warmest (84 F/ 29 C).  Bangladesh has a tropical monsoon climate, with most of the rainfall for the year occurring during the monsoon period.  The average precipitation ranges from  as much as 200 inches (5,080 mm) to as little as 55 inches (1,400 mm). 

Monsoon season lasts from May to October, with destructive cyclones occurring from April to May and again from September to November.  The cyclones cause many deaths and a lot of destruction, particularly with the surging waves that come along with them.  One of the worst natural disasters of the 20th century was caused by a cyclone that struck Bangladesh in November 1970.  In this storm about 500,000 people died, while in 1991, over 120,000 people died when a cyclone struck the Ganges delta.

Flora/Fauna

The Bengal tiger is found in the Sundarbans, while the Chittagong Hill Tracts are home to elephant herds and leopards. Bangladesh is also home to other animals such as the Bengal fox, jackal, vulture, swamp crocodile, parakeet, mongoose and kingfisher.  With 109 indigenous mammal species, 684 types of birds, 119 varieties of reptiles, 200 different kinds of marine and freshwater fish as well as 19 different amphibians.  A common mammal is the rhesus monkey with other common animals being lemurs and gibbons.

There are very few forests left in Bangladesh, only about an eighth of the country.   Exceptions are the Chittaogong Hill Tracts District (the hilliest portion of Bangladesh), parts of the Madhupur Tract and the Sundarbans.  The Sundarbans is actually a mangrove swamp found in the southwestern part of the country.  The hilly areas of Bangladesh have broadleaf evergreens, while the plains areas have deciduous trees like acacia and banyan.  Commercially, there are several variety of trees - sundari, sal, gewa, garayans and in the villages there are fruit trees such as jackfruit and mango.  Also found are numerous varieties of bamboo as well as areca (betel) and date palm trees.


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