DHAKA, Bangladesh — More and more natural disasters are devastating communities all over the world, especially those in developing nations. Cyclone Amphan, one of the most powerful cyclones in the last twenty years, recently hit Bangladesh and India. As a result, cyclone Amphan in Bangladesh has destroyed communities and displaced millions of residents.
There is a climate migration crisis due to the increase in frequency and severity of natural disasters worldwide, like Cyclone Amphan. Repeated disasters leave many people in developing countries homeless, so they have no choice but to live elsewhere. Therefore, when discussing natural disasters, we must consider women, refugees and farmers in impoverished communities as well as our own.
Cyclones Impact on Developing Nations
The changes to the climate are subtle, such as rising sea levels or warmer temperatures. Thus, those residing in more temperate, developed countries tend to see less drastic changes than those in developing countries. This means that richer countries will be the least impacted
by devastating storms like Amphan. The impact of the catastrophic Cyclone Amphan in Bangladesh reflects how the climate crisis will hit developing countries the hardest. It is because of Amphan that more than 2.4 million people
have been forced to evacuate from their homes. Similarly, in 2019, more than 4 million people
were displaced in Bangladesh due to various natural disasters.
Women and Natural Disasters
In an interview with PBS, six Bangladeshi women
describe their experiences with natural disasters, proving that their stories are not unique. Many women have large plots of land filled with crops that they use to sustain themselves and their families, which natural disasters can easily destroy. Different natural disasters such as severe erosion, flooding or storms can completely wipe away years of hard work. Families have had to pack their luggage and evacuate from their homes, often moving to a makeshift shelter out of paper and leaves. This has resulted in a public outcry for help from government officials.
Food Security Issues
These natural disasters also threaten food security, especially in developing countries where stable access to nutrition is already lacking. Natural disasters ruin crops
, resulting in a smaller yield each year, and they even deplete and ruin water sources. The climate crisis definitely discriminates, which could result in even more global poverty in the future. Therefore, we must not forget those who struggle the most with the impacts of natural disasters like Cyclone Amphan in Bangladesh.
When considering the impact of natural disasters, we must center our conversations around the women, refugees and farmers of developing countries. They are the most impacted by these events. As such, residents in more developed countries can make a commitment to provide aid overseas. One way to help is by donating to organizations working hard to save the environment and combat global poverty. However, it is also important to urge Congress members to increase the budget for international aid and work hard to pass environmentally friendly laws.
– Karin Filipova