Cyclone Bulbul inflicts Tk 1.13cr damage to Sundarban
Need for protecting mangrove forest urged
Published : Monday, 18 November, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 191
The cyclone Bulbul that wreaked havoc in the Sundarban last Sunday damaged 4,589 trees, including Sundari trees, worth Tk 1.13 crore, said forest officials of East and West zones of the forest.
Sundarban, the world's largest mangrove forest and a Unesco world heritage site, has protected the coastal people from the adverse effects of the Bulbul.
Officials have assessed the losses separately caused by the cyclone in the Sundarban and submitted their reports to the divisional Forest Department on Thursday.
Mohammad Moinuddin Khan, Forest Conservator of Khulna region, said the East and West zones of the Sundarban were asked to submit their assessment of the losses to the forest after the devastating cyclone.
After visiting different parts of the forest, the Divisional Forest Officials (DFOs) submitted a list of damaged trees and other infrastructures but wild animals did not suffer any harm, he said.
Bashirul Al Mamun, DFO West Zone, said some 4,002 trees were damaged during the storm and 874 of them are Sundari and 1,534 Geoa trees.
DFO Mahmudul Hasan the East Zone, said a total of 587 trees besides, water vessels and other infrastructures worth Tk 39.60 lakh were damaged by Bulbul.
Dr Mahmud Hossain, Professor of Forestry and Wood Technology of Khulna University, said, "The Sundarban acted as a natural barrier to many natural disasters from 1584 to 2019 when it faced 74 big natural disasters."
He stressed the need for protecting the mangrove forest to keep the coastal areas safe from any natural calamity.