‘Amphan’ destroys 82,000 houses in Khulna

22 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

KHULNA: The extremely severe Cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’ totally and partially damaged 82,000 homesteads, bringing a storm surge that washed away several embankments in low-lying coastal areas, said a district Relief and Rehabilitation Management official here on Thursday, reports BSS.

At least 5 lakh people of 68 unions under nine upazilas of Khulna been affected by cyclone ‘Amphan’, he said.

Thousands of shrimp ghers (enclosure) has been washed way, numerous house, trees, electricity and telephone poles, dykes and crop lands were damaged and many villages were submerged by tidal surge of ‘Amphan’, he said.

Khulna District Administration, Mongla Port Authority, Bangladesh Navy, Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) of Mongla West Zone, Fire Service and Civil Defence are working to rehabilitate the affected people of the coastal areas.

As part of the immediate response for the first time in the district history, more than 2.20 lakh people were successfully evacuated to 608 cyclone shelters in coastal districts before ‘Amphan’ hit the region, said Deputy Commissioner of Khulna Md Helal Hossain.

While a thorough assessment of damage caused by the cyclone will be made, there are reports of many trees being uprooted from different coastal areas including Dacope, Koyra, Paikgacha and Batiaghata in the district, he said.