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State minister: Cyclone Fani caused Tk536cr of damage

  • Published at 07:50 pm May 9th, 2019
Photo shows wreckage of collapsed houses as Cyclonic storm Fani struck Bidyar Bahon village of Mongla on Saturday, May 04, 2019 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

"The cyclone flooded 63,000 hectares of land and destroyed crops on 1,800 hectares"

The damage caused by Cyclone Fani, which hit Bangladesh earlier this month, has been estimated to be around Tk 536.61 crore, said State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Enamur Rahman. 

The state minister made the remarks following a meeting for assessing cyclone damages and chalking out rehabilitation plans, held at the Secretariat in Dhaka on Thursday. 

“The cyclone flooded 63,000 hectares of land and destroyed crops on 1,800 hectares,” said Enamur.

“The agriculture department suffered damages worth Tk38 crore. Recommendations have been made to waiver debts and provide subsidies to farmers in Fani-hit areas,” he added. 

Tk251 crore will be needed to repair 21.95km stretches of embankments at 240 places, he said, adding that the damage to roads is about Tk161.63 crore.

The forestry sector suffered damages worth Tk5 crore, while the amount was Tk2.84 crore for fisheries. 

He further said: "Tk78.14 crore will be needed to repair 2,063 damaged houses."

“The rehabilitation will be done quickly at the prime minister’s order.”

The state minister presided over the meeting, where Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzak, and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Disaster Management ABM Tajul Islam were also present, among others.