On 30th May 2017, when Cyclone Mora had hit Bangladesh with strong winds, the violent storm had ravaged savagely through the farmlands and the battered buildings. The storm made the landfall along Bangladesh’s south west coastline between the Cox’s bazaar and the city of Chittagong. Heavy winds at the speed of 89-117 km per hour destroyed several regions in the district.
With the active role of media, the devastation was highlighted along with the striking fact that only a few lives were lost because of this cyclone- accounting to only nine. More than half a million people had been already evacuated in an infrastructure which could handle the wrath of the storm.
WARNINGS AND MORE
The meteorological office of Bangladesh had warned the possibility of flooding in Bangladesh as a result of the 4-5 metre storm. The cyclone had been responsible for bringing heavy rains and even flooding in Sri Lanka and it intensified even further before it could hit the coast of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh went to great lengths for safeguarding its people and the property. The effort proved to be successful on a large scale. Bangladesh owes its vulnerability towards the natural disasters to the geographical factors. The Bay of Bengal is the house of the cyclones which causes heavy storms every year.A majority of the land of Bangladesh is only 30 feet above the sea level which again poses as a ground for the worst storms.
BANGLADESH AND THE PROTECTION PROGRAM
After the estimated killing of 3,00,000 people in Bangladesh in 1970 due to a cyclone, Bangladesh started modernizing the early warning systems and building the new shelters for reducing the losses from the storms. It started developing the evacuation plans, raising the awareness about the threats at every level, even constructing the coastal embankments for planting the coastal forest cover as an addition.
The Cyclone Preparedness Program of Bangladesh is one of the best disaster preparation plans executed by the combination of the governments of Bangladesh, UN, International Red Cross and even the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society.
The program aims to keep the citizens in the loop, initiates the awareness campaigns regarding the warning signals of cyclones, spreads information by using various innovative techniques like posters, leaflets, public discussion and even film screenings.
The meteorological radar stations are the best in Bangladesh that transmit the minute-to-minute updates on the weather for identifying the devastating storms before they could hit Bangladesh.
With more than 2000 shelter facilities in Bangladesh, it has now upped the game by effectively managing the disaster planning. With determination and focus, Bangladesh now stands stronger than its neighbours for withstanding storms.