Dhaka, Bangladesh
Amphan causes flashflood, devastation in coastal areas

Amphan causes flashflood, devastation in coastal areas

Huge economic losses, spread of coronavirus feared

Mazharul Islam Mitchel:

Thousands of houses and crops and

fruits were wrecked by the super-

cyclone “Amphan” that created

flashflood with tidal surge in

coastal belts and ripped through

different districts far inland.

Flooding occurred in Chattogram,

Barishal and Khulna divisions as the

water levels in rivers swelled and

under impact of damaged huge dams

and culverts huge lands have been


Locals also fear huge coronavirus

affection due to breaking the social

distance during the flashfloods.

People in the coastal areas have

been facing flashflood since

Wednesday night because of heavy

rain caused by cyclone “Amphan”

inside Bangladesh and upstream in

neighbouring India while all dams

were damaged elsewhere.

Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre

executive engineer Arifuzzaman

Bhuyan said that the super-cyclone

Amphan "dumped large amount of rain

in Bangladesh and in Indian areas in

24 hours, causing the flash floods".

A bulletin issued on Friday

predicted that major rivers in the

southern districts would continue to

rise in the next 24 hours.

A flashflood warning for the first

week of May was already in the

forecast even before the super -

cyclone “Amphan” formed.

'‘Rivers rose rapidly and the

embankments were too weak to

withstand the rising water

pressure,’' he said.

Storm surge has already flooded

dozens of villages, affecting

thousands of people in along the

coast in Patuakhali and Bagerhat

districts after dams collapsed or

were breached at different points.

Water levels of the Pashur, Mongla,

Baleshwar, Bhairab and Panguchhi

rivers were rising and may continue

to rise, Bagerhat Water Development

Board Executive Engineer Nahid-uz-

Zaman Khan warned.

Storm surge of 10-15 feet height

above normal astronomical tide may

hit the coastal districts under the

influence of the storm and the new

moon phase, the Met Office said.

The low-lying areas of the coastal

districts of Chattogram, Noakhali,

Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Borguna,

Bhola, Patuakhali, Barishal,

Pirozpur, Jhalokathi, Bagherhat,

Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore

islands and chars are likely to be

inundated, it added.

The major affected districts were

Khulna, Bagerhat, Pirojpur, Barguna,

Satkhira, Barishal, Bhola,

Patuakhali and Jhalakati.

In southwestern part, a five-feet-

high storm surge broke embankments

and swamped a large area of


Super cyclone ‘Amphan’ has caused a

huge loss of valuables worth Tk 11

billion in the country, the Disaster

Management and Relief Ministry said

in an immediate assessment.

State minister for the ministry

Enamur Rahman revealed the

assessment during a briefing on the

cyclone aftermath at an online press

conference on Thursday evening.

The government has received a

preliminary estimate of about Tk 11

billion loss, he added.

Cyclone Amphan may cause economic

losses worth $1.5 billion, or nearly

Tk12, 744 crore.

The National Disaster Management

Council (NDMC) made the estimate of

possible losses due to the extremely

severe cyclone.

The preliminary estimate took into

account rural infrastructure,

schools, crops, and livestock.

Enamur Rahman said the country never

saw evacuation of such a huge number

of people during any natural


“The districts near the Sundarbans—

Satkhira, Bagerhat and Khulna—

affected badly by the cyclone,” the

minister mentioned.

The Ministries of Fisheries and

Livestock, Agriculture and Water

Resources and the Department of

Local Government calculated the


The cyclone damaged 1,100km of

roads, 200 bridges and culverts and

233 local government offices.

The water broken through embankments

has affected 180,500 hatcheries in

the coastal region. The loss will be

approximately Tk 325 crore.

According to the Ministry of Water

Resources, 150km of embankments have

been affected by the cyclone. The

embankments have either damaged or

completely broken in at least 84


Agriculture minister Dr. Abdur

Razzak said on Thursday evening at

least 2 lakh hector farmland

destroyed in the storm.

Crops affected in the districts due

to flooding were rice, mung beans,

chilis, vegetables, soya bean, maize

and seasame, the agriculture

ministry said in an immediate


However, Boro paddy and other main

crops haven’t been severely damaged

by the cyclone, he said.

A full report on the cyclone impact

in agriculture sector will be

released within 2-3 days after the

collection of information, the

minister also said.

The farmers affected by the cyclone

will get incentives from the

government, the minister said.

The cyclone flattened flimsy houses,

blew off roofs, uprooted trees and

destroyed crops, fruits and other


Many low-lying areas of Barishal,

Chattogram and Khulna went under

water due to tidal surges. In some

areas, onrushing water breached

protection embankments.

Barishal Divisional Commissioner

Mohammad Yamin Chowdhury said scores

of low-lying areas in the district

went under three to four-foot-deep


The areas includes Dhal Char, Char

Nijam and Char Kalatali of Bhola;

several villages of Rangabali and

Galachipa upazila of Patuakhali; and

Majhir Char of Pirojpur.

The Meghna, Bhola, Baleshwar,

Bishkhali and Paira rivers were

flowing above the danger mark at

several points in Patuakhali,

Barguna and Bagerhat, said Water

Development Board officials.

“Some areas in Rangabali and

Galachipa upazilas got flooded due

to overflow of rivers,” said Md

Hasanuzzaman, executive engineer at

the WDB Patuakhali Circle.

Different areas in Dacope and Koira

were also flooded as Rupsha,

Shibshar and Pashur rivers were

flowing above the danger level.

Onrushing water overflowed the

protection embankment in Koira Sadar

and Bedkashi areas, said locals many

of whom were seen putting sandbags

on the embankment.

“We don’t think it will work,” said

Harendranath Sarkar, Ward-9 member

of Koira Sadar union.

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