The coastal areas of Bangladesh are prone to severe damage from cyclones. In 1991, a devastating cyclone with winds exceeding 200 kilometers (km) per hour and a tidal surge of 6 meters (m) struck Bangladesh. About 140, 000 lives and about $240 million worth of public infrastructure alone were lost. This and previous cyclones proved that dense forest cover along the coastline, particularly wide belts of mangrove plantations such as those found in the Sundarbans (a large natural mangrove area in the southwestern part of Bangladesh) and other coastal areas, are an effective buffer against the impacts of cyclones. The Coastal Greenbelt Project (CGP) was formulated against this backdrop.
Oceans and coastal areas
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