- In different parts of the country, dams, roads, bridges, and culverts, as well as infrastructure, houses, agriculture, and shrimp farms have been severely damaged.
- The government said Cyclone Amphan had caused severe damage to crops in 48 districts of the country.
- According to the government, 80 percent of the mangoes have been damaged.
At least 18 people were killed and about 1,500,000 people in 25 districts of Bangladesh have been without electricity since the day before Cyclone Amphan hit. Initially, it has been reported that the financial loss due to cyclone Amphan in Bangladesh is around $130 million. State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr. Enamur Rahman told reporters about the financial loss.
In different parts of the country, dams, roads, bridges, and culverts, as well as infrastructure, houses, agriculture, and shrimp farms have been severely damaged. The picture of Cyclone Amphan’s violence was different. Outside the coastal areas, where cyclones do not usually occur, these districts have also been hit hard by cyclone Amphan.
Seasonal fruits, like mango in Rajshahi, and rice and vegetables in other northern districts, have suffered a lot, ranging from drinking waste in the south-western districts. Many from these areas said they were shocked to see the devastation caused by the lack of experience and preparation for a major cyclone.
The government said cyclone Amphan had caused severe damage to crops in 48 districts of the country. From Kushtia to Jhenaidah-Jessore, people in the south-western districts have very little idea about cyclones. There are no cyclone shelters. This time too, there was no apprehension or preparation for the cyclone. However, the overnight violence of Cyclone Amphan terrified the people of the region.
Emdadul Haque, a 65-year-old social worker from the border village of Uzirpur, in Jessore’s Chougachha Upazila, said they were not familiar with the storm. “I have never seen such a storm. There has been a thunderstorm or a hurricane with low pressure at different times. But there has never been such a massive storm. As a result we had no preparation for it.”
The trees have been severely damaged. In the districts of 6 regions including Jessore, acre after acre of land has been damaged. The vine of the betel tree is lifted with bamboo poles, it is called waste. Betel growers usually cultivate betel with loans from various private development agencies.
Harun Rashid Shaon, from a remote village in Jessore, said the two bighas of drinking water he had cultivated had been completely destroyed. “The storm has left all the drinking waste on my land lying on the ground. It has been completely destroyed.”
The cyclone has also hit the Rajshahi region this time. The seasonal fruit mangoes there have caused extensive damage. Mango farmers say that about 25 percent of mangoes have been destroyed. Mango damage has been more in the Bagha area of Rajshahi.
A mango farmer from there said, “we got a good mango with a lot of care and a lot of money. But it has become such a storm that there is no spoken language.” He added, “the mangoes that fell to the ground due to the storm are now being sold at Rs 30 per kg. That means a bag of 85 kg mangoes is being sold for only Rs 30.” Then he said, “how can we survive?”
The mango orchards in the Chapainawabganj area, however, were not damaged in that way. Besides, there has been a lot of loss of paddy and sorghum in the northern districts including Bogra. Hosne Ara, a private development firm from Bogra, said the lack of experience with cyclones in the coastal districts had caused more damage.
“People are unprepared for this non-coastal belt. That’s why people are shocked by this cyclone. And the damage is huge.” Agriculture Minister Dr. Abdur Razzak said it was possible to cut most of the paddy in the country earlier.
That is why it is initially thought that about 10 percent of the paddy in the land has been damaged. Pulses and mangoes have suffered more, he said. Mango comes to the market from Satkhira first. According to the government, 80 percent of the mangoes have been damaged.
Dr. Razzak said that the mangoes that fell from the trees due to storms in Rajshahi and Satkhira will be bought by the government and efforts will be made to compensate for the losses of the mango farmers. Meanwhile, many government policymakers have said the storm did not do as much damage as expected. That gave them some relief. But they also say that the damage caused by the coronavirus disaster is not small.