Super Cyclone at Bay of Bengal

Natural calamities are one of the offering along side the abundant blessings from mother Nature. We cannot outrun these, however, nature has also bestowed or has made arrangements to keep balance, to protect us safe. As example, mangrove forests Sundarban standing tall at the Bay of Bengal. It has been protecting Bangladesh from intensive damage that could have been done by all the cyclones.

Bangladesh is situated in a position which attracts cyclone developed in Bay of Bengal. The reason is having funnel shape opening to the ocean. AMPHAN, a super cyclone, hit Bangladesh and India May 2020 and Sundarban lessened the impact for Bangladesh as always. The highest speed of Amphan has been recorded as 240-270 km per hour or 66-75m per second and hit Sundarban at 155-170 km per hour. Annual average wind speed at 30 m height along coastal area is above 5 m per s. Usual wind speed within country is around 3.5 m per second. So, basically Amphan has at least 15 times higher speed. However, when it entered the land, speed decreased because of intense mangrove forest. We all know the importance of Sundarban. Even when we have this protection, we lose human life, livestock as well as economic stability. The damage without Sundarban can hardly be pointed out.

We have to protect Sundarban at any cost. We have to keep in mind are we taking appropriate precautions?

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