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In the wake of Mora

  • Published at 09:00 pm May 30th, 2017
  • Last updated at 09:30 pm May 30th, 2017
In the wake of Mora

It is always a matter of great sadness when an extreme weather event like Cyclone Mora claims lives, displaces people, and causes suffering.

The cyclonic storm has passed through the country, resulting in the tragic deaths of six people.

Furthermore, dozens of others were hurt, and thousands of houses and some coastal shelters, including Rohingya camps, were destroyed. The numbers are still coming in.

But we have come a long way -- Cyclone Mora could have been a disaster for us.

But thanks to the efforts of the government, the cyclone has caused far less damage than in the past.

The efficient execution of the Disaster Management Program has allowed many people to take refuge and stay safe.

With shelters hosting upwards of 500,000 people, the relief efforts by the government thankfully kept casualty numbers to a minimum.

It was also a good initiative on part of the government to set up food and relief distribution channels, coordinate volunteer efforts, and form almost a hundred medical teams.

With natural disasters a common factor in the Bangladeshi seasonal cycle -- it is, after all, one of the countries most susceptible to the effects of climate change -- it is encouraging to see that numerous steps were taken, and lessons were learnt from previous years.

The 1970 Bhola cyclone resulted in the deaths of 500,000 people. Today, we are far better equipped to handle such events.

That is not to say there is no more room for improvement -- with better preparation, we can hope to one day reduce the casualty number to zero.