May 2020

Cyclone Amphan Preparedness and Response in Bangladesh amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Battle on Two Fronts

A threatening super cyclonic storm and evacuation of over 2 million people in Bangladesh’s most at-risk districts in a COVID-19 environment presented a gargantuan challenge to cyclone preparedness and response in Bangladesh. In the 34 Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, where about 40,000 people per square kilometer live in bamboo and tarpaulin shacks and where 5 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, this could spell a disaster.

Climate adaptation and resilience in the time of COVID 19

The COVID 19 pandemic is a global health challenge that affects societies and economies. As countries now transition to a new normal, the onset of monsoon season with its associated cyclone and flood hazards could complicate efforts to control the pandemic and reduce its impacts.

Sri Lanka Monsoon Forum Stakeholders Met, Notwithstanding the COVID-19 Pandemic

Fifty-four Monsoon Forum stakeholders in Sri Lanka met on 29 April 2020 to review the performance of climate-sensitive sectors during the past second inter-monsoon season and northeast monsoon season, and to draw sectoral preparedness plans in anticipation of the predicted above-normal rainfall for the 2020 southwest monsoon season. The 22nd Monsoon Forum was held online, convened by the Department of Meteorology (DOM).