All tourists were evacuated from St Martin's island before Cyclone Mocha hit, but most residents had to stay back. There are many reasons that contribute to the island and its residents’ vulnerabilities to climate change-induced natural disasters.
Victims of a natural disaster can develop PTSD not only through the degree of physical injury they suffer, but also through the immediate risks they face.
Cyclone Mocha was just the first of the season, and Bangladesh will face more in the days to come. We need to focus on a more holistic approach to disaster management, especially the evacuation process and recovery aspect, and not just rely on warnings and people’s willingness to move to shelters.
Now that the immediate threat has passed, attention must be paid to determine how much damage Cyclone Mocha has caused. It is crucial to guarantee that people who have been staying in the shelters can safely return home.