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MD SHAFIQUL ISLAM
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Insect, bird, animals are all seen as important signals in traditional knowledge systems for drought

The study was concentrated in six villages under three districts in Barind Tracts of Bangladesh. The main objective of this study was to elicit and document local knowledge use in drought prediction and weather extremes management. Focus Group Discussions were carried for this study. Few local methods were used to predict drought and extreme weather patterns. The appearance of certain insects, birds, animals and indication of weather are all seen as important signals of change with respect to timing and seasonality of natural phenomena that are well understood in traditional knowledge systems. The lying of pigeon on the ground by spreading its feathers was considered as the sign of drought. The sound of wild cat with dhul was also given the notice of drought. If the west sky appeared with bright red colour during sunset, that also warn the drought. Termites den and mound in dry soil was thought as the hint of immense drought and termites den and mound in wet soil was looked as the indication of immediate rainfall. Peoples especially from Hindus family organized frog’s marriage to end drought. They find that local knowledge and practices very much useful in drought prediction and management.