Cyclone Bulbul has caused a significant damage recently in India. Millions have been displaced and about 20 people have lost their lives in this tragedy. The cyclone packed winds of up to 120km/h (75mph) when it hit , forcing the closure of ports and airports in both countries.
On average, as many as 27 million people become displaced from their homes every decade because of natural disasters as per global stats. India and Bangladesh has significant communities who are displaced. Bulbul hit the coast at the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest which straddles Bangladesh and India, and is home to endangered species including Bengal tigers and Irrawaddy dolphins.
At times like this, it is important for diaspora to do their part in helping communities affected by natural disasters.