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Fani leaves trail of devastation in Bhola, Chandpur

Our Correspondents, Bhola, Chandpur
Fani leaves trail of devastation in Bhola, Chandpur
This photo shows a man sitting on debris of destroyed houses after cyclone Fani battered the country on Saturday. Independent photo

A large number of houses and standing crops were destroyed and trees uprooted as the cyclonic storm Fani lashed Bhola district early on Saturday.

During a visit to Balia village of  South Digoldi union, it was found that a large number of houses have been razed to the ground. Ranu Bibi (45), wife of one Samsul Hoque of Balia village, died on the spot when her house collapsed. Besides, 20 others were injured in Madanpur Char in Daulat Khan and 30 in Dhal Char and Charkukri Mukri union of Charfassion upazila.   

Iftarul Islam Swapan, chairman of South Digoldi union Parishad, said about 600 houses were totally razed. In the storm, about 100 houses were damaged in Daulatkhan, Monpura and Charfassion upazila of the district.

Kawsar Alam, executive engineer of the Water Board Bhola-2 office, said a 90-metre flood protection embankment was totally damaged by the tidal surge in Monpura upazila. Hundreds of trees were uprooted and  standing crops on about 7,000 hectares of land damaged in the seven upazilas of Bhola district, sources said.  Binoy Krishna Devnath, deputy director of DAE (Bhola district office), said he has directed the upazila officers to assess the damage immediately and prepare a list of affected farmers.

Masud Alom Siddque, deputy commissioner of Bhola, and police super Mokter Hossain visited the affected areas and directed the upazila nirbahi officers to prepare a list of victims to start distribution of relief among them.

Coast Trust, a local non-government organisation, has distributed 100 packets of cooked food among the affected families and also handed out Tk. 5,000 each to the families of those who died in the storm.

The cyclone left a trail of devastation in Chandpur Sadar, Matlab Uttar, Haimchar, Hajiganj and Kochua upazilas. About 100 people were injured in house collapse incidents during the cyclone, but none sustained  serious  injuries.

A random survey revealed that about  285  houses, shops,  schools, mosques and  other establishments were damaged badly in  these  five upazilas of the district. Of them, 133 are in in Chandpur Sadar, 50 in Haimchar, 100 in Matlab Uttar and at least 50 each in Hajiganj and Kochua upazilas. A total of  63 people were rendered homeless. Thirty houses were partially affected at Monder Bazar, Khaskandi and Shilarchar villages in Raj Rajeswar union—a remote char area under Chandpur Sadar upazila.

Hasmat Ali Prodhania, Jashim  Dewan and some other  residents  of Shilarchar village told The Independent that they could not imagine that the cyclone would blow away their houses within three to four minutes.

Akter Sarder,  Delowar Hossain and  Foysol Bepary—all  residents and traders  in Monder Bazar—told this correspondent that they are left with no other means to rebuild their shops and restart businesses ahead of Ramadan and Eid.

Meanwhile, the chairman has submitted a list of the Fani-affected people to  the UNO Sadar, Kanij Fatima, seeking  help. Some 12 people were injured in house collapse incidents.Cyclone Fani also devastated some 40 houses at Hanarchar union under Chandpur Sadar.  

UP chairman Abdus Sattar told this correspondent that the houses of Bhulu Begum, Shamsunnahar, Kulsuma Begum and Majuda Begum, all residing beside the flood control bundh, were blown away within a few minutes. The cyclone also devastated some houses, shops and parts of the Horina Ferry Ghat in Chandpur Sadar.

In Haimchar upazila, some 50 houses in the char areas were badly damaged by the cyclone  at 3.45 am on Saturday. The affected people have sought financial help to rebuild their houses.

In Matlab Uttar upazila, the cyclone damaged at least 100 houses, shops, mosques and educational institutions in Borochar village of  Ekhlaspur union, Baherchar village and its adjacent hamlets in Mohanpur union and Farazikandi unions. UP chairman of Ekhlaspur, Mosaddek Hossain Murad, told this correspondent that at least 50 houses were damaged in the cyclone in Char Umed and Char Webstar and 12 people were injured after their houses collapsed . UNO Sharmin Akter said: “We are making a list which will be submitted to the DC for seeking help from the government.”

About 50 houses, shops and mosques in Kochua  Upazila   were affected by Fani early on Saturday. Paragaon, Rosulpur and its adjacent areas were the worst-hit. The homeless people  in Rosulpur village are living under the open sky. The affected people told this correspondent that they urgently need financial aid to rebuild their houses.

UNO Nilima Afroze, accompanied by other officials, visited the affected people in Paragaon and Rosulpur villages on Saturday afternoon. She told the people that the government will provide relief to them soon.  In Hajiganj, about  50 houses,  shops, schools, colleges  and mosques, were damaged in the cyclone that lasted for four minutes.

DC Majedur Rahman Khan visited  the affected places in  Hajiganj and Chandpur Sadar on Saturday and distributed relief materials among 40 affected people in Hajiganj in the afternoon. At Hanarchar in Chandpur Sadar, relief materials were also distributed. UNO (Hajiganj Upazila) Boishakhi Barua and UNO Sadar Kanij Fatrema were present at that  time.

The homeless people have appealed to the Prime Minister to allocate house-building grants/CI Sheets  for them and also provide rice, lentil and essential drugs.

 

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