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Sitrang turns Cox’s Bazar beach into waste land

No visible steps yet to clear off the longest sea beach

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 27 October, 2022 12:00 AM
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The litter left by raging waves during Cyclone Sitrang is yet to be removed from the Cox’s Bazar sea beach forcing tourists to stay away from the shore.

The cyclone which lashed on Monday night and early Tuesday left a vast array of rubbish on the beach.

Polythene, coconut husk and broken pieces of bricks are hither and thither on the beach. Both sides of the Marine Drive in Teknaf were also damaged.

Cyclone was already over, but high waves were affecting sand dunes and geo-bags on Tuesday. Tourists, however, started gathering to see the Sitrang-stricken beach.

Faizul Islam, a green coconut trader, said, “Sitrang has caused havoc on the beach, affecting roads and geo-bags installed in the area to prevent erosion. Sand dunes on the stretch from Shaibal to Kolatoli points have been severely affected.”

He said tourists are coming less and he is struggling to do business due to trash left on the beach.

Talking about the rubbish, Abu Sufian, an additional district magistrate in Cox’s Bazar, said they are trying to get rid of the waste, but it is not easy task to clean such a vast area so quickly.

Many disappointed visitors stood far off the sea on sand dunes. Some of them later went to bathe.

“The sea is not rough anymore. Yet lifeguards have hoisted red flag and told us not to take a bath. I’ll have a swim in the sea as I’ve come here all the way from Sylhet,” said Manoshi Nag, a tourist.

Lifeguards on the beach kept tourists away from the shoreline. They said visitors are still not allowed to take a bath in the sea. They have been told to comply with the instructions from the district authorities.