Mahenur has no recollection of what happened to her child. One moment, he was in her arms as she stepped out to get to a cyclone shelter. The next moments were blurry – strong tides washed ashore and knocked her down. When Mahenur gained consciousness, her child was nowhere to be seen.
Hundreds of thousands of people, like Mahenur, lose family members to violent cyclones in the coastal areas of Bangladesh.
Travelling to a safe place comes with the risk of losing lives, as cyclone shelters are often situated far away from people’s homes. Climate-resilient homes, which double as mini cyclone shelters, are built to protect communities during disasters.