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Strong current in Bay fast eroding Cox’s Bazar beach

Published : Wednesday, 25 July, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 468

COX'S BAZAR, July 24: The strong current in the Bay of Bengal, caused by low and monsoon wind, is eroding the Cox's Bazar sea-beach fast, leaving the tamarisk trees across the beach devoured by the sea.
The monsoon wind is also increasing water level to several feet in the Bay.
The beach from Laboni point till Diabetes point, where the tourists mainly gather, is on the face of erosion. The erosion is so drastic that all the attractive objects of the beach are becoming extinct one after another.
In the last one month, over 500 tamarisk trees have gone into the sea, while in recent days, about 300 tamarisk trees have been uprooted. In the last three years, about 6,000 tamarisk trees have become extinct.
This portion of the beach has become unsuitable for tourist gathering. Not only this portion, but up to Nazirartek, the last point of the 120-kilometre long sea-beach, is also eroding.
Concerned people said the erosion is so extreme that the entire sea-beach may become extinct in near future. But, still no steps are taken to protect the beach. As a result, the businessman community related to the sea-beach has become frustrated.
The businessman community said though the Laboni beach is the main point of Cox's Bazar sea-beach, the tourists mainly gather from Kalatoli to Diabetes point. But, for the last three years, the beach from Shaibal point till Diabetes point is eroding fast. In the meantime, about one km of the beach has been eroded.
Businessman at Madrasa point Md Ilias said the beach has been eroding after the cyclone 'Mohasen' attacked in 2014. Besides, the cyclone 'Roanu' eroded a vast area from Shaibal point till Diabetes point. In the meantime, several parts of the marine drive have been eroded. As many tamarisk trees have been uprooted, the point has lost attraction. As a result, the tourist gathering has been reduced here.
He also said as the marine drive has been destroyed at some points, some electric poles on the drive have also been uprooted. So, nobody can walk here during high tide.
Forest Department sources said since the attack of the cyclone 'Roanu', about 6,000 tamarisk trees across the beach have been destroyed, while in the last one month, about 500 trees have been uprooted.
Sadar Range Officer of Cox's Bazar South Forest Division Harun-ur-Rashid said as large scale erosion has happened in the area, it is hard to roam here during the high tide. As a result, the tourist gathering at Diabetes and Madrasa points has reduced.
While asked, Assistant Director of the Environment Department, district office, Saiful Ashraf said because of the rise in the sea water level, strong current is hitting the beach regularly, causing the erosion. But, there is no protection for the beach. Steps should be taken to save the world's largest sea-beach.

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