Estimates of fishermen lost in the Bay of Bengal in this week's sudden depression (was it really that sudden? Weather was also crappy the week before...) have ranged anywhere from several hundred to three or even four thousand.
Hundreds of fishing trawlers are lost.
These guys bring in the fish that feeds many people in Bangladesh.
How big are these trawlers? Do they have communication gear? Did anyone ever get any warning? Were they too far out to make it back on time?
A very sad story, indeed. Ok, so you can't fight weather, but can't more be done in the future to minimize risks to these brave souls? We see the Atlantic hurricanes being tracked for days and days. Are the BoB ones more sudden?