Composition: The Sidr in Bangladesh (Sidr - সিডর)
Introduction: Bangladesh is a land of natural calamity. Almost every year she faces different devastating natural disasters. Cyclone is one of them. It is of various types. They are hurricanes, Sidr, and so on. Sidr is one of the fiercest cyclones. It causes massive havoc to lives and liabilities.
Causes: Sidr is the resultant factor of the earthquake. At first, an earthquake is created in the seated and then this earthquake turns to Sidr and heavy blows to coastal areas. Many scientists and environmentalists believe that global warming. Environmental pollution, ecological imbalance, etc. are the main causes of Sidr.
Terrible aspects of Sidr in Bangladesh: The devastating cyclone Sidr hit the southern part of Bangladesh on the night following Thursday, November 15, 2007. It has been described as a category 4 cyclone (deadlier than Katarina) and had raised its severest on slaughts packing winds of 240 km/hr on the southern coast of Bangladesh.
Hurricane Sidr came from the Bay of Bengal and raged onto the land with unrestrained viciousness, smashing everything in its wake, washing away humans and cattle head to the cruel sea. In a moment, unkind waters snatched babies from the bosom of their mothers.
Sidr has managed to ravage the lives of hundreds of thousands of inhabitants of the coastal region. The storm killed over three thousand people, and thousands of livestock and completely destroyed crops on 23,122 acres of land.
The aftermath of Sidr: The cyclone left its mark of devastation affecting a population of 3.144 million of about 88,700 families in 22 coastal districts. According to an estimate, 2,73,000 houses were totally flattened with 58 km of roads totally destroyed and another 1363 km foy damaged.
A quarter of the flora of the World Heritage Site, the Sunderbans, was totally destroyed while a large number of its fauna perished. The cyclone has brought an extra burden to the country's sluggish economy which had been facing a critical time since the beginning of the fiscal due to repeated floods and price-hikes of petroleum products in the international markets.
A massive health hazard loomed large over the areas badly hit by the Sidr, as an acute shortage of drinking water resulted in some fatal diseases like diarrhea, cholera, and typhoid started to claim lives.
Relief measure and controlling: After happening of Sidr, all classes of people came forward to help the sufferers. They were given shelter in the houses of their fortunate fellow men or in public places.
There, they were clothed and fed by charitable people, different organizations, and the government. Many other countries in the world also extended their helping hands for the survival of the distressed people.
Conclusion: The unwelcome visit of Sidr has also reminded us of what we may apprehend with the global warming issue not getting as much attention. It is perhaps time to think about how we shall face more of such calamities in the future. A national consensus on the issue of saving the land from man-made atrocities and vagaries of nature is the need of the hour.