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Dinajpur Flooding: Vegetables, crops damaged, fishes washed away

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Kongkon Karmaker, Dinajpur



Brinjal plants at a field of Majhdanga in Biral upazila under Dinajpur district rotted as it remained under water for days during the recent flooding. PHOTO: STAR


Flash flood that engulfed scores of villages in seven upazilas last week caused a massive damage to crops, vegetables and washed away many fish farms. The flood affected people are now facing acute crisis of food, shelter, and medical, said locals.

Heavy rain and onrush of water from the upstream triggered the flood, inundating around 80 villages in Sadar, Biral, Bochaganj, Birganj, Khansama, Phulbari and Ghoraghat upazilas. The floodwater damaged about 372 hectares of vegetable fields of green chill, brinjal, okra, pumpkin, potato, bitter gourd and arum and spices on seven hectares in the areas, said an official of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in the district.

Besides, paddy seedbeds on over 500 hectares of land went under water, causing immense sufferings to the farmers ahead of aman season, said Md Anwarul Alam, deputy director of Dinajpur DAE. The DAE had targeted to produce 6.5 lakh metric tones of rice by cultivating about 2,39,734 hectares of land under aman farming this year. Meanwhile, several hundred ponds were washed away during the flood, said fish farmers.

Rafiqul Islam, a fish farmer of Biral upazila, said the floodwater washed away fishes worth Tk 10 lakh of his seven ponds last week.



Source: thedailystar




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