Tuesday, 7 February, 2023

Paikgacha bears the brunt of ‘Sitrang’

Paikgacha bears the brunt of ‘Sitrang’

Khulna: Khulna's Paikgacha upazila has faced the maximum brunt of cyclone Sitrang, with local farmers notching up huge losses in the natural calamity, reports UNB.

Cyclone Sitrang made landfall in the coastal districts on October 24.

Though there were no casualties in Paikgacha, crops spread over several hectares and a number of fish enclosures were damaged in incessant rains triggered by the cyclone. 

According to various government and private sources, around 112 fishing enclosures, 207 mud houses and crops spread over 187 hectares have been damaged.

Paikgacha upazila senior fisheries officer Md Tipu Sultan said that about 6.1 metric tonnes of fish across 112 enclosures, belonging to 83 farmers, have been washed away.

In Garuikhali union, fish farmers suffered losses to the tune of Tk 30.71 lakh.

"Due to the rains from Sunday night till Tuesday morning, most of the fish enclosures were washed away. Besides, the fish enclosures along the Garh-Ikhali river suffered damages," Tipu said.

Md Amirul Azad, senior meteorologist of Khulna Meteorological Office, said the district recorded a total of 229 mm rainfall in 48 hours to Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, Paikgacha upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) Mumtaz Begum said the local administration was adequately prepared ahead of Sitrang.

"So, the impact of the disaster was less and no specific loss of life and property was reported," she said. "Besides, there were no reports of any embankment collapse in the upazila."