A big storm named Hamoon hit Bangladesh’s coast, forcing almost 275,000 people to seek shelter as it pounded the southeastern region. Sadly, two people lost their lives – one from fallen tree and another due to collapsed building. The storm brought down power lines and drenched coastal villages and islands with heavy rain. Thankfully, major widespread damage was avoided, although about ten individuals were injured and are receiving medical care.
Hamoon on Rohingya Refugee Camps
Hamoon arrived in the early hours of Wednesday, with wind speeds reaching up to 104 kilometers (65 miles) per hour, hitting the Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar coastal districts. The affected area is home to nearly one million Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar. Fortunately, the refugee camps were not directly in the storm’s path.
Climate Change Intensifies Storms
The region’s vulnerability to such storms is worsened by climate change, which intensifies tropical storms, causing more rain, stronger winds, and resulting in flash floods and coastal damage. A particularly powerful storm, Cyclone Mocha, struck Bangladesh in May, making it the strongest since Cyclone Sidr in 2007. Sidr had been devastating causing over 3,000 deaths and billions of dollars in damages.
Lessons from Past Devastation
However, there is some good news. In recent years improvements weather forecasting and evacuation planning have significantly reduced the number of casualties during these storms. This means that even though the storms are strong and dangerous, better preparation and timely action are saving lives.
Improving Preparedness and Response
It’s crucial for communities to remain vigilant, stay informed, and follow safety guidelines during such weather events. The efforts to improve preparedness and response are helping, but everyone’s cooperation and awareness remain essential in facing these natural challenges.