More than 8,000 fish pens washed away by the Bagerhat tidal wave
More than 8,000 fish pens in Bagerhat have been washed away by tidal surges triggered by the depression over the Bay of Bengal, the district fisheries department said today (September 14, 2022).
Of these, 500 fish pens were taken to Sadar Upazila, 2,000 each to Mongla, Rampal and Morelganj, while 500 to Kachua and 1,000 to Sarankhola Upazila.
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Different species of fish, including prawns, worth Tk 3 crore were swept away causing losses to around 7,000 fish farmers, said Bagerhat District Fisheries Officer ASM Russell.
Upazila fishery officers have been asked to prepare a full damage list, he added.
According to fish farmers, the amount of loss matters more. They demanded incentives and soft loans to save the shrimp industry.
Low-lying areas in the coastal district have been inundated by tidal waves due to incessant rains over the past five days.
The weather service here recorded 33mm of rainfall in the district in 24 hours up to 6am today.
Sundarbans Eastern Division Dublarchar Forest Outpost Dilip Majumdar said water did not enter the Sundarbans today.
Fishermen have started heading back out to sea with their trawlers, he added.
Amaresh Chandra Dhali, head of the Mongla Meteorological Observatory, said the deep low over northwestern Madhya Pradesh and adjacent area is expected to gradually weaken. “The weather could return to normal from Thursday.”