Why was 1943 a bad year for Bangladesh?

A serious famine caused the deaths of up to two million residents of Bangladesh (Bengal) in 1943. A drop in production of rice was exacerbated by the transportation problems of World War II, and by the Japanese occupation of Burma, a neighboring country which might have otherwise provided food supplies to Bangladesh.

At the time, Bangladesh was a British protectorate as part of India and Bengal. Under British colonial rule, a previous serious famine had occurred in 1770.