29 Jul

A young girl digs deep into soil saturated with salt water, hoping to find logs to burn as fuel. Two years on from Cyclone Aila, the communities along Bangladesh’s southwest coastline are starting to rebuild their lives. In the course of the cyclone, which struck in May 2009, surges of water up to three meters high battered the coast along the Bay of Bengal in Khulna district. It was already weakened by Cyclone Sidr, the worst ever in the region. Aila needed a tiny hit to destroy the defenses.

Hazera Khatun witnessed many cyclones and is traumatized. She was taken to a cyclone shelter by her son at the time of cyclone Aila. Her family later lived on the water and rebuilt their house using leaves stripped from the forest.