Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tropical Storm Alia

Monday, May 25, Tropical Cyclone Aila hit West Bengal, India and Bangladesh. Although the number of casualties appears to be lower than previous tropical cyclones, the tidal surges and flooding has caused hundreds of thousands of people to be sent from their homes. Both India and Bangladesh’s Armies have been mobilized and joined civil servants and volunteers to search for the missing and rescue the marooned. India evacuated 100,000 people before the cyclone hit West Bengal. The consequences may be worse for Bangladesh (the death toll is expected to rise) because coastal areas of Bangladesh are still recovering from Tropical Cyclone Sidr, which killed 3,268 in November 2007. The storm is especially devastating for farmers preparing to harvest rice and other crops.

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