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12:00 AM, July 19, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:58 AM, July 19, 2019

Floods wash away Tk 9cr fish in Sylhet division

Rangamati hanging bridge submerged by rainwater

Floodwater has washed away fish worth Tk 9 crore from 2436 ponds in Sylhet division while rainwater has submerged the hanging bridge over Kaptai Lake in Rangamati.

Persistent heavy rain and onrush of water from upstream have swelled local haors and rivers in Sunamganj, Moulvibazar, Habiganj and Sylhet districts, reports our Moulvibazar correspondent.

Flash floods triggered by heavy rain have washed away fish worth Tk 9 crore from the ponds on 356 hectares of land in the four districts, said Sultan Ahmed, deputy director of the Department of Fisheries in Sylhet division.

Of the districts, Sunamganj was severely hit by the floods this year.

Fish of 1169 ponds have been washed away by the floodwater, causing a huge loss to hundreds of farmers in 10 upazilas of Sunamganj.

The affected fish farmers claimed that the loss would be over Tk 5 crore, said Sunamganj District Fisheries Officer Aminul Haque.

Fish of at least 336 ponds in Biswambharpur, 286 in Sadar, 41 in Derai, 77 in Chhatak, 23 in Dharampasa, 20 in Tahirpur, 71 in Jagannathpur, 134 in Dakkhin Sunamganj, 68 in Jamalganj and 113 in Dowarabazar upazila were washed away by floodwater.

Farmer Helal Mia of Salukabad union in Bishwambharpur said his pond was the breeding ground of carp fish.

The fish worth Tk 30,000 were washed away by floods, he said.

Jahangir Kabir of Sreepur area in Tahirpur upazila said fish of his pond on 10 acres of land were washed away by floodwater. The market price of the fish was Tk 11 lakh.

Bishwambharpur Upazila Fisheries Officer Mehedi Hasan Bhuiya said they sent a list of affected fish farmers to the authorities concerned.

Bishwambharpur Upazila Nirbahi Officer Samir Biswas said the government will give financial support to enlisted destitute farmers.

In Rangamati, the hanging bridge over Kaptai Lake in the district has been inundated with rise of water level in the lake, compelling the authorities concerned to suspend movement of all the tourists and local people on the bridge from Tuesday, reports our correspondent.

Heavy downpour and an onrush of water from upstream led to the rise in water level, Srijon Bikash Barua, manager at Rangamati office of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC).

The bridge goes under water during the rainy season every year, he said.

Considering public safety, BPC and local administration suspended movement over the bridge from Tuesday evening, said the manager.

Around 1,200 people of about 175 families living on Dewanpara Island in Kaptai Lake near the bridge are stranded as it is their only link with the mainland.

In the absence of water transport, they cannot even go to the market, said locals.

“We have been facing a lot of problems after the bridge was closed. Now we have managed an engine boat for daily movement and the students are facing a lot for the movement of 200-foot-long waterways,” said Suman Chakma, 35, a resident of Dewanpara village.

The bridge will reopen after renovation of the bridge and decrease in water level, said the official.

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