25 May 2020

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Cyclone Amphan that had formed at the south western Bay of Bengal and penetrated into the land area through western coast of Bangladesh and eastern coast of West Bengal snatched away 16 lives and caused a damage and loss worth BDT 1100 crore at 25 districts in Bangladesh. 

Along with the other parts of the country, cyclone Amphan caused damages at Hatiya upazila also. Whole Nijhumdwip and some parts of Nolchira, Char Ishwar and Tamaruddin union ubder this upazila were inundated by high tides as a combined result of wind thrust and new moon. No casualty has been reported in this island, although around 3,400 hhs got affected due to high tidal inundation; around 75% of those are from Nijhumdwip.

The damage mostly occurred to the livelihood of the island dwellers. Around 120 acres of cropland got affected while around 1030 acres of fish culture water bodies have got damaged by either washing away the fishes or by intrusion of salt water into those water bodies. Besides, 52 cattle and around 900 chicken and ducks have been killed along with a damage to 10 tubewells and around 6000 trees at Nijhumdwip by Cyclone Amphan.


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