Tuesday, 4 October, 2022

Tidal surge: Low-lying areas in Bagerhat, Jhalakathi inundated

8 fishermen go missing as 2 trawlers sink in Bay

Tidal surge: Low-lying areas in Bagerhat, Jhalakathi inundated

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Tidal surge inundated 18 villages in Jhalakathi district on Wednesday as Bishkhali and Sugandha rivers swelled due to depression in the Bay, reports UNB.

Houses, roads and agricultural cropland have been affected by the flash flood.

A total of 11 villages of Katalia upazila including upazila parishad bhaban and UNO office  have been flooded as there is no dam the Bishkhali River point.

Thousands of people of Awra, Chingrakhali, Joykhali, Kachua, Shoulzalia, Awrabunia, Amua, and Moshabunia villages under the upazila are suffering due to the tidal surge. 

Besides, low-lying areas in Nolchhity and Rajapur upazila have also been inundated.

Meanwhile, low-lying areas in Bagerhat have been inundated due to the tidal surge triggered by a well-marked low over the Bay of Bengal.

Bhairab, Daratan, Pangucchi, Pashur and Baleshwar rivers are flowing above the normal level, inundating the low lying areas of the district.

Besides, people have been experiencing intermittent rainfall since Wednesday morning.

 The maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra were advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal No 3.

The local met office has recorded 20.2 mm of rainfalls in 24 hours till Wednesday morning in Bagerhat.

Meanwhile, different rivers in the Sundarbans were flowing above the normal flow and 500 fishermen, who went to the Bay for netting, took shelter in the Sundarbans, said the Forest Department.

Amresh Chandra Dhali, in-charge of Mongla Weather Observatory Centre, said the Bay depression has been weakened into a well-marked low and it is now lies over Chhattisgarh and adjoining areas of India. It is likely to mover North Westwards further.

Under its influence, the residents are likely to experience 2-4 feet tidal surge from the normal astronomical tide.

The depression over coastal Odisha and the adjoining Northwest Bay moved westwards and weakened into a well-marked low.

It now lies over Chhattisgarh and adjoining areas of India, according to a special bulletin of the Met office. It is likely to move northwestwards further.

Under its influence, steep pressure gradient persists over the North Bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh.                Squally weather may affect the maritime ports, the North Bay and the adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh, as per the bulletin.

All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution until further notice.

Another report from Bhola adds: Eight fishermen have gone missing as two trawlers capsized in the Bay of Bengal due to strong current triggered by monsoon depression, said Coast Guard.

Seven of the missing fishermen were identified as Md Russel, 35, Md Mannan, 36, Nazrul, 40, Abdur Rahman, 37, Taslim, 30, Md Ismail, 40, and Jewel, 32.

Two trawlers of ‘Kalam Majhi’ and ‘Yusuf Majhi’ of Dhalchar Union of Charfashion Upazila sank in the south Bay near Payra port in Patuakhali district on Tuesday, said Bhola Coast Guard South Zone Media Officer KM Shafiul Kinjal.

The fishing trawler of Yusuf Majhi with 13 fishermen sank in the Bay amid inclement weather in the afternoon. Although five fishermen including Yusuf Majhi were rescued, eight others went missing.

Dhalchar fisherman Abul Hossain said the fishing trawler of Kalam Majhi with eight fishermen sank in the Bay near Dhalchar in the morning. However, all fishermen of this trawler were saved.

All the rescued fishermen are undergoing treatment at a local hospital in Patuakhali.

Six teams of the Coast Guard with their two ships started a rescue operation. However, the rescue operation is being disrupted due to severe weather condition, said KM Shafiul.