Amphan causes Tk 2.25cr loss in Sundarbans

29 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

KHULNA: Around 12,368 large mangrove trees were uprooted, 150 infrastructures, 10 vessels, 3,450 wood made running feet were damaged and a number of trees were floated, causing a loss of about Taka 2.25 crore in Sundarbans as it took a blow of Super cyclone Amphan last week, according to an official survey, reports BSS.

Till now, the forest department has found no evidence of death of any Bengal Tiger or Deer.

Super cyclone Amphan hit southwestern Bangladesh coastlines bordering India coast on May 20 evening with pounding winds and torrential rains, inflating sea waters causing as high as 10 to 12 feet tidal surges.

Meteorologists said the “super cyclonic storm” was packing maximum sustained winds around 160-170 km/h (100-120 mph) and gusts to 190 km/h (120 mph) as it roared ashore with both the East and west Sundarbans absorbing its main brut in Bangladesh part .

Experts said that the trail of devastation the Amphan would have been much higher in Bangladesh, had the Sundarbans not been there.

The west-south part of the world’s biggest single unit of mangrove forest sustained the main blow of the cyclone, saving human lives by slowing down the nature’s wrath.

The forest department, however, has got a total picture of the damage inflicted upon the wildlife of the forest that provides livelihood for more than five lakh people.

In west Sundarbans, at least 12,332 trees were uprooted worth about Taka 10.11 lakh while others wealth including around 70 infrastructures of the forest worth about 47.50 lakh has been damaged completely,” said Bashir-Al-Mamun, Divisional Forest Officer of Khulna West Zone.

The damaged infrastructures include 25 office-cum-residence and barrack, 10 vessels, 3 pontoon and gangway, 8 wood jetty, 23 ponds, two generators, 2,450 running foot roads. Apart from this, 112 sundarees, 1,282 geoa, 36 pashur, 184 keora, 139 baeen and 10,579 goran has been damaged.