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Extreme Weather Event: Tropical Cyclones in Bangladesh

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Extreme Weather Event: Tropical Cyclones in Bangladesh Introduction: In this report I will investigate the problems of tropical cyclones, and I will concentrate on the country of Bangladesh. I am using Bangladesh as the country for my report because it is a perfect example of what a tropical cyclone is capable of on flat land. What are tropical cyclones? A tropical cyclone is a very violent storm which is produced over warm tropical oceans which have a temperature of 270C. Below is a picture of how tropical cyclones develop. The oceans temperature is about 270C, and the arrows show that the intense heat is rising upwards. The clouds then start to form low pressure. They are like stronger versions of mid-latitude depressions. They are areas of very intense low pressure which are rotated by strong winds, cloud and heavy rain. The wind speeds can sometimes reach up to 150 km per hour. ...read more.


The storm reached its peak at around midnight. The cyclone also brought a huge tidal wave which measured 6.4metres high. Below, is a picture of how the tidal wave occurred. The red arrow shows strong the winds approaching the Bangladesh coastline, and the black arrow shows the air pressure rising. So as the air pressure rises, so does the sea level. Along with this, the fierce winds are driving the water forward forcing a huge wave to form. How the people tried to survive? When the people of Bangladesh found out that there was a tropical cyclone heading there way, most of them just waited until the tropical cyclone was close to the coast. As the cyclone approached, the people then rushed to the cyclone shelter for safety. As midnight drew close, a quarter of the population of Bangladesh had to stand in the shelter and wait until the storm was over. ...read more.


Although tropical cyclones cannot be prevented, they can be managed by people. Here are some ways in which they can do this: * The people of Bangladesh could practice drills on what to do if a cyclone occurred. * Grow mangrove trees to stabilise the water banks. * Save money on building schools etc. by using the cyclone shelters. And they could use the money that they save to build more cyclone shelters. * Make more embankments to stop the water levels from flooding Bangladesh. * Houses could be reinforced to decrease the chances of them being destroyed. Conclusion: I have now finally come to the conclusion that, despite a lot of options on how to manage tropical cyclones, the only valid conclusion is, that people could be persuaded to donate money to Bangladesh to build more cyclone shelters and reinforce a lot of the buildings. I had come to this conclusion after researching on many of the manageable options. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jagbinder Singh Dhillon Geography 1 ...read more.

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