Saturday, November 17, 2007
A narrow escape..
On 15Nov2007, supercyclone Sidr slammed into Bangladesh at around 6.30pm local time. Within hours it left approx 250 people dead despite large scale evacuation by the Bangladeshi authorities.
It was just our good luck (and bad luck for those in the east of the country) that after striking Bangladesh the cyclone veered off to the east rather than continue on its earlier northerly course.
Being situated in a part of the country which is susceptible to such hazards it is all the more imperative for us to bolster our defenses and ratchet up our preventive measures against landslides.
(satellite images are from www.imd.gov.in)