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Locals demand removing century-old trees uprooted in Jessore

  • Published at 03:22 pm June 3rd, 2020
Jessore Benapole century old tree
Residents of Benapole standing in a human chain in demand of removing the 13 raintrees uprooted during cyclone Amphan, June 2, 2020UNB

The trees lying on the roadside areas are hampering movement

Residents of Benapole formed a human chain demanding removal of 13 raintrees, uprooted during cyclone Amphan, from the sides of Jessore-Benapole Highway. 

Jessore Nagorik Odhikar Andolon formed the human chain at Navaron Colony Bazar of Jhikargacha upazila on Tuesday, reports UNB. 

At the human chain, speakers said 13 “century-old” raintrees have been uprooted during the cyclone, damaging a number of houses and business establishments in the area. 

Besides, the road is the only way to go the Benapole land port and Satkhira district and some 1,500 vehicles use the road daily, they said. 

Due to the trees lying on the roads and nearby places movement and infrastructure is being hampered.

Cyclone Amphan left a trail of devastation when it hit Bangladesh’s coastal districts with wind speed of up to 180kph and over 10 feet tidal surges on May 20. 

It killed 12 people and inflicted heavy damage to lives, livelihood, agriculture, infrastructures, environment, as well as the largest mangrove forest in the world, the Sundarbans, in the south-western region of the country.

An initial estimate suggested that the damage caused by the cyclone may be up to hundreds of crores of taka.

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