Nor’wester may sweep several districts

We all must remain prepared to reduce disaster risk

Published : 12 Mar 2023 08:03 PM

A strong nor’wester may sweep over several districts of the country between 15 March and 19 March.  Besides, rain or thundershowers coupled with hailstorms and intense lightning flashes and temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to pass Bangladesh and West Bengal of India. There is a possibility of rainfall in all the districts of the country during the days, while the intensity of nor’wester storm can be the highest in the districts of Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Rangpur divisions, according to reports published in different newspapers. 

The risk of lightning is the highest in all districts of Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions, Kishoreganj of Dhaka division, Brahmanbaria of Chittagong division and Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj of Rajshahi division. At this time, there is a strong possibility that the storm will pass over Dhaka city as well.

With the onset of summer country’s weather starts heating up and storm season begins. The most powerful storms hit the country in March-May every year, killing people, damaging houses and crops fields, uprooting trees and electric pole and sinking water vessels.

Though we all know natural disasters 

cannot be contained, we must

 take preparations in advance 

and try to minimise the 

damages they can cause

Our country has already experienced a number of powerful cyclonic storms and nor’wester, affecting it natural resources badly. Recently the frequency and intensity of cyclones and storms have also increased in the country due to climate change. Besides, the rainfall patterns are also changing in the country gradually. In consequence, many people die and go missing after water vessels like launch trawlers capsize in the river caused by powerful storms in March-May. On the other hand, lightning strike has also turned into one of the deadliest natural disasters in our country continued claiming lives every year due to the loss of natural defense and lack of precautionary measures as well.

Though we all know natural disasters cannot be contained, we must take preparations in advance and try to minimise the damages they can cause. Therefore, the government will have to take preparations in advance and work in a well-coordinated way to face the cyclone, nor’wester and storm that happen naturally.

In this regard, national print and electronic media should play major role in forecasting weather forecast widely. The state-run agency Bangladesh Inland Water Transport must suspend plying of water vessels if the met office issues weather warnings and check safety issues of water vessels to prevent deadly accident because of storm.

Our country is at risk to a variety of disasters such as cyclones, earthquakes, drought, storm surge and flooding. Therefore, the government should remain always prepared to tackle natural disaster and stands by the people in dealing with disasters by taking various measures.