A woman is seen inside her damaged house after cyclone Bulbul hit the area in Khulna, Bangladesh. Reuters
The Meteorological Department has asked local authorities and two ports to raise their highest alert, as the cyclone is expected to unleash a storm surge as high as seven feet (two metres) in coastal districts.
In coastal Khulna, the worst-hit district in Bangladesh, trees swayed violently and were ripped from the ground in the fierce storm, blocking roads and hampering access to the area.
Bangladesh carried out one of its biggest ever evacuation drives, moving some 2.1 million people to cyclone shelters specially built to minimise casualties from such storms, which can claim thousands of victims.
COVID-19 is posing the greatest test ever to humanity on both the health and economic fronts. Confirmed coronavirus cases have approached one million around the world as Europe reels from the pandemic and the United States has reported record numbers of people out of work.
With the increasing number of infections, and sadly deaths, from COVID-19 the world has changed. (“US virus toll exceeds official China tally,” April 1, Gulf Today).
On March 27, Pope Francis was standing alone in an empty St Peter’s Square. Media from around the globe showed an iconic image of a man alone under the rain. Usually the Urbi et Orbi blessing is given on Christmas and Easter,