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20 Patuakhali villages flooded by Cyclone Fani's impact

  • Published at 03:58 pm May 3rd, 2019
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Flooded area of Patuakhali Dhaka Tribune

The high tide caused by Fani has broken dams in several places

Twenty villages in Patuakhali of Barisal have been flooded by the impact of the severe cyclone Fani.

The houses and croplands of the villages of the Kalapara and Mirzaganj upazilas were submerged under water, as the increased water level of the rivers and the sea—caused by Fani —forced the dams at several points to break, on Friday afternoon. 

Panel Chairman of Subidhkhali union, in Mirzaganj upazila, Md Ismail said: "Around 11am, the Mehendiabad, Charkhali, Golkhali, and Ranipur villages became submerged, after the dams broke due to the high tide. The houses of nearly 2,500 villagers, and their croplands, have been damaged.

Lalua Union Parishad Chairman, Md Shawkat Hossain Biswas, said: "Because of the high tide, 16 villages under Lalua union, of Kalapara upazila, were flooded. The dams for four-five kilometres, from Munshipara to Pasharbunia, are badly broken." 

He added: "The Charipara, Manzupara, Munshipara, Nachnapara, Chowdhurypara, Nayakata, Bhanjupara, Hawla, Kalaupara, Banatipara, Pasharbunia, Chandupara, Char Chandupara, Chhata no. 10 , Chhata no. 5, and Nawapara villages have been submerged."

Mirzaganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO), Md Iqbal Hossain, said he has gone to inspect the flooded regions. 

Fani is likely to cross the Odisha coast of India by the afternoon, move north-northeastwards over the Odisha-West Bengal coastal area, and reach Khulna and adjoining south-western parts of Bangladesh by midnight.