The devastating storm damaged least 5,017 fish enclosures, and 2,000 hectares of Aman, along with large amounts of winter vegetables, betel leaves, mustard, and boroi across the district
The recent cyclonic storm Bulbul has greatly affected farmers in Satkhira, particularly those in Shyamnagar, Assasuni, Kaliganj, Sadar, and Tala upazilas, flooding vast amount of fish enclosures and crops in its wake.
According to district Department of Agriculture Extension sources, the devastating storm damaged least 5,017 fish enclosures, and 2,000 hectares of Aman, along with large amounts of winter vegetables, betel leaves, mustard, and boroi across the district.
Md Osman Gani Sohab, a farmer from Shyamnagar, said he lost his Aman crops on four bighas of land in the flood caused by incessant rain during the cyclone Bulbul.
Another Aman farmer Khalilur Rahman from Sadar upazila, who planted his crops on five bighas of leased land, said: “All my crops were damaged overnight during the storm.”
Abdul Bari, a shrimp farmer from Assasuni upazila, said: “My shrimp enclosure on 150 bighas was completely flooded, causing me to lose shrimps and whitefishes worth around Tk35-40 lakh.”
Belal Hossain, another shrimp farmer from Shyamnagar upazila, said: “After my fish enclosure on 30 bighas was flooded, I lost shrimps and whitefishes worth around Tk30-35 lakh.”
Arbinda Biswas, deputy director of the Department of Agriculture Extension of Satkhira district, said: “2,000 hectares of Aman which were destroyed by the flood and storm were worth approximately Tk28.33 crore. Apart from this, 80 hectares of winter vegetables worth Tk2.8 crore, 12 hectares of betel leaves worth Tk1.51 crore, 50 hectares of mustard worth Tk26.4 lakh, were also damaged, causing an aggregate loss of around Tk33,10,90,000.”
Satkhira Fisheries Officer Moshiur Rahman said: “At least 5,017 shrimp enclosures on 5,719 hectares across Assasuni, Shyamnagar, and Kaliganj upazilas were flooded causing a loss of 414 tons shrimps and whitefishes worth around Tk10.36 crore.”
Burigoalini UP Chairman Bhabatash Mandal said: “The cyclonic storm wreaked havoc in my union. The sheer force of the storm uprooted a large number of big trees. Pucca and tin-shed homes were damaged, and shrimp enclosures and croplands were inundated.”
Ahead of the cyclonic storm Bulbul, the danger signal 10 was hoisted at Satkhira. The storm which hit the district around 5am on Sunday lasted till 9am, causing substantial damage to homes, croplands, and roads alike.