The wind sounded like a killer

The people of Bangladesh are still picking up the pieces after their country was battered by Sidr. The intense storm killed more than 3,000 people, wrecked hundreds of thousands of homes and caused massive loss and damage to crops. In total the storm is thought to have affected more than seven million people.

When Cyclone Sidr struck their village, Tahmina's teenage son Masum cried out: “Mother, run, try to save yourself.”

Tahmina clung to a tree throughout the night.

“The wind sounded like a killer, and the waves ate too high," she said. “I was on a coconut tree, the wave took me there. I had no clothes on me when the sea was gone.”

When dawn broke, Tahmina discovered that her sons Masum (17) and Monir (13) were both dead. In her village in the southern Barguna region of Bangladesh many people lost their lives.

The people of Bangladesh are still picking up the pieces after their country was battered by Sidr. The intense storm killed more than 3,000 people, wrecked hundreds of thousands of homes and caused massive loss and damage to crops. In total the storm is thought to have affected more than seven million people.

Bangladesh is one of the world's most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change. This is both because it is exposed to damaging weather events like cyclones, and because its population is so poor.

Climate scientists forecast global warming will cause more intense storms like Sidr, and that rainfall patterns will become more variable, leading to more floods and droughts. The sea level rise associated with global warming is also predicted to cause increasing salination of the soil.

These effects present a devastating challenge for a country where 70 per cent of people rely on farming for their livelihoods.

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