Building Resilience in Coastal Communities Perspectives from the Bay of Bengal


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Mohammad Mahmodul Hasan argues that Bangladesh, as a country that is especially vulnerable to natural disasters, must implement a comprehensive disaster management approach. He emphasizes the need to prioritize policy and management strategies, community disaster preparedness, and public awareness.

Bangladesh is highly vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters due to the three major rivers running through the country and draining into the cyclone-generating Bay of Bengal. It is particularly sensitive to rising sea levels, cyclones, tidal surges, saline intrusion, irregular rainfall, drought, and flooding. Bangladesh is placed seventh among the countries most affected by extreme weather events, which ultimately harm people’s lives and livelihoods, particularly in coastal regions, according to the Global Climate Risk Index for 2021.

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