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Sundarbans sustains thrice the damage by cyclone Amphan than to cyclone Bulbul

  • Published at 11:02 pm May 24th, 2020
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Photo: A part of the Sundarbans after passing over of cyclone Sidr Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Authorities ban felling of trees so the forest could regenerate

The Sundarbans has sustained thrice the damage after being hit by severe cyclonic storm Amphan compared to the damage it sustained by cyclone Bulbul.

Approximately 12,358 trees were broken while the forest department incurred losses in infrastructure worth Tk21,500,000, according to a damage determination report of the forest department.

Goran (Ceriops decandra) trees were the main victims of the cyclone and the monetary value of all the broken trees is Tk1,010,000.

However, according to the forest department’s report, no wild animals were killed during the passing over of the cyclone.

Last year in November, the mangrove forest lost 4,589 trees and the forest department had to sustain infrastructure loss up to Tk62,85,000 by the hands of cyclone Bulbul.

Md Bashirul AL Mamun, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of the Sundarbans West Zone, said: "Felling of all sorts of trees in the forest has been banned. The forest regenerated after cyclone Bulbul attacked. Similar will happen in this case; we will only have to renovate our infrastructures."

The cyclone Amphan lashed the coastal upazilas in Khulna on Wednesday evening, continuing its trail of destruction till the early hours of Thursday before weakening into a land deep depression.

Even though instances of casualties were reported during two earlier and similar storms in 2007 and 2009, hundreds of thousands of others survived as the Sundarbans stood as a shield between the inhabitants of the coastal districts and the fierce winds.

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