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ED: Bracing for Yaas

  • Published at 07:43 am May 26th, 2021
Cyclone Yaas
Satellite image provided by Nasa shows Cyclone Yaas approaching India's eastern coast AFP

The Ministry of Water Resources has issued eight directives to respond to the approaching cyclonic storm

ith Cyclone Yaas closing in on Bangladesh, it is good to see that the authorities concerned are not underestimating the potential damage this storm could do to the country, and instead are taking a pro-active approach to prepare for it. Bangladesh is not new in dealing with natural disasters. Because of climate change, Bangladesh continues to rank as among the most vulnerable countries in the world, and as such, we will unfortunately continue to be hit hard by floods, cyclones, and other natural disasters.

However, unlike in the past where Bangladesh incurred massive damage from cyclones and other natural disasters -- both in terms of lives lost and damage to land, crops, property, and otherwise -- we have made tremendous strides in being able to face storms and minimize this damage.

Be it in the form of early detection of these natural disasters or a pro-active approach to prepare for them in the forms of emergency shelters and evacuations, we have come a long way from the days of the cyclone of 1970 which killed a reported 500,000 people, or that of 1991 which killed a reported 140,000. It is a testament to not only the resilience of the Bangladeshi people but also the diligence of the authorities who have not neglected what is a yearly issue for our country.

Despite Cyclone Yaas reportedly not expected to cause any major damage to the coastal areas of Bangladesh, the Ministry of Water Resources has issued eight directives to respond to the approaching cyclonic storm in case the situation aggravates -- a welcome sign of intent and taking no chances against a potential disaster.