Farmers suffer as Cyclone Remal floods Bangladeshi villages

STORY: :: Farmers suffer as Cyclone Remal floods Bangladeshi villages and fields

:: May 28, 2024

:: Rampal, Bangladesh

:: Protap Mostafi, Local farmer

:: “The dam was broken over there and inundated all of these farms. The water surged over the entire dam and flooded everything. It’s immensely damaging for us. What a loss.”

:: Otip Majumder, Shrimp farmer

:: “We don’t have any other option but to farm mainly shrimps, because of the saline water. We are all dependent on this business. Now it’s all gone. We have lost a lot of investment. It will take time to recover it.”

Cyclone Remal is the first of the frequent storms expected to pound South Asia this year as climate change drives up surface temperatures at sea.

At least 10 people were killed in Bangladesh, an official told Reuters, adding some victims died en route to shelters or when their homes or walls collapsed, or drowned during the storm.

Nearly 3 million people in Bangladesh were without electricity, officials said.