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Surviving Cyclones: The Indigenous Wisdom

Cyclones are intense low-pressure systems that form over tropical oceans with sustained winds exceeding 63 km/hr surrounding the center. Bangladesh, due to its conical shape and location on the tip of the Bay of Bengal, is vulnerable to periodic natural disasters especially cyclones. Cyclone “Sidr” ravaged the coastal belt of Bangladesh on 15th November, 2007. The study was conducted at ‘Kuakata’, a coastal area of Southern Bangladesh in November 2008. The focus was to reveal the disaster management skills of the indigenous people who are living in this coastal area for centuries.