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Cyclone Roanu hits Bangladesh leaving about 6 dead and 50 injured

Roanu has hit the coast Saturday afternoon at 80 kilometers per hour

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Geostationary imagery of Cyclone Roanu. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
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DHAKA: Cyclone Roanu has hit the Bangladesh coast, this afternoon leaving at least 6 people dead and about 50 injured. In the coastal districts of Chittagong, Bhola and Patuakhali, the strong winds have left hundreds of houses damaged and trees were uprooted. The Met office said the cyclone will cross the Chittagong coast on today as it started weakening after causing heavy rain.

Roanu has hit the coast Saturday afternoon at 80 kilometers per hour. Authorities have reported that about ten thousands of people left their homes to sit out the storm in more than 2,000 shelters. The gusty wind and the heavy rainfall caused heavy damage to the region’s mud-and-tin houses and about 5 people were killed in the southern districts, said officials.

Marines Deliver Water to Cyclone-Stricken Bangladesh. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Marines Deliver Water to Cyclone-Stricken Bangladesh in Nov. 23, 2007. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

The rain also resulted in the landslide in Sitakundu in Chittagong. A mother along with her child was killed when their home was buried in the slide, said a police inspector, Shah Alam to a news agency.

To avoid further accidents and damage, the movement of all vessels across the country was restricted by the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority. 

(inputs from VOA)

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A lesson in the woods may boost kids’ learning

Moreover, the number of times the teacher had to redirect a student's attention to their work was roughly halved immediately after an outdoor lesson.

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Just sitting in classrooms makes children more dull. Wikimedia Commons
Just sitting in classrooms makes children more dull. Wikimedia Commons
  • To help students concentrate and learn more, teachers have found a new way of teaching them.
  • This technique of teaching outdoors will boost children’s mental capabilities to learn and remember.

Are your students unable to concentrate on their lessons in the classroom? Take them for outdoor learning sessions.

According to a study, a lesson in the lap of nature can significantly increase children’s attention level and boost their learning.

While adults exposed to parks, trees or wildlife have been known to experience benefits such as increased physical activity, stress reduction, rejuvenated attention and increased motivation, in children, even a view of greenery through a classroom window can have positive effects on their attention span, the researchers said.

The study showed that post an outdoor lesson, students were significantly more attentive and engaged with their schoolwork and were not overexcited or inattentive.

Taking students outside help them concentrate more. Wikimedia Commons
Taking students outside help them concentrate more. Wikimedia Commons

Moreover, the number of times the teacher had to redirect a student’s attention to their work was roughly halved immediately after an outdoor lesson.

“Our teachers were able to teach uninterrupted for almost twice as long at a time after the outdoor lesson and we saw the nature effect with our sceptical teacher as well,” said Ming Kuo, a scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the US.

For the study, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, researchers tested their hypothesis in third graders (9-10 years old) in a school.

A few minutes outside help students concentrate better. VOA
A few minutes outside help students concentrate better. VOA

Over a 10-week period, an experienced teacher held one lesson a week outdoors and a similar lesson in her regular classroom and another, more sceptical teacher did the same. Their outdoor “classroom” was a grassy spot just outside the school, in view of a wooded area.

A previous research suggested that 15 minutes of self-paced exercise can also significantly improve a child’s mood, attention and memory. IANS