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Eight Upazilas of Patuakhali :Mahasen turns thousands of farmers into paupers

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Our Correspondent, Patuakhali

Published: Monday, May 20, 2013

A farmer tries to save whatever he can from his flooded sesame field at Par Dauka village in Galachipa upazila under Patuakhali district. PHOTO: STAR

 

Crops on one lakh 28 thousand hectares of land in the district have been totally damaged as cyclone Mahasen accompanied by tidal surges hit the coastal region on Thursday, said sources at the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE).

The croplands went under water as tidal surges washed away flood control embankments at many places while heavy rainfall during the cyclone worsened the situation.

This correspondent on Friday visited some of the worst affected areas and talked to farmers.
Abdul Jalil Howlader, 50, a marginal farmer of Manikchandkathi village of Ratandi Taltali union in Galachipa upazila under Patuakhali district, said he cultivated ground nuts, chilli and pulses on 0.40 acres of land but all the crops went under water.

“I would have reaped the crops after 15 to 20 days but the cyclone frustrated all my hopes,” said Jalil who along with his wife and granddaughter were trying to remove rainwater from his chilli field.

Alauddin Mia, 55, of Senerhowla village under Rangabali upazila, said he cultivated green crops on three acres of land but all the fields have been flooded following breaches in the nearby flood control embankment on the Ramnabad River.

 

A family makes futile attempt to remove water from their chilli field at Manikchandkathi village in the same upazila on Friday, the day after cyclone Mahasen hit the coastal areas in the southern districts. Photo: Star

 

Standing crops on five acres of land of Shawkat Hossain and four acres of land of Mahathir Mohammad Resad in the same village also got damaged in the same way.


In Rangabali, 90 percent of the farmers have been affected by the cyclone. They need immediate help from government or non government level to resume their cultivation, said Md Liakat Ali, upazila nirbahi officer.
All the eight upazilas in the district

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The cyclone accompanied by tidal surge totally damaged crops on 1.28 lakh hectares (3.16 lakh acres) of land including sesame seed on 10,310 hectares, ground nuts on 7,410 hectares, kidney bean on 24,100 hectares, sweet potato on 60,965 hectares, chilli on 13,200 hectares, aus seedbeds on 8,335 hectares and vegetables on 2,000 hectares of land, said sources of DAE in Patuakhali.

A large number of farmers in the district are badly affected as crops on the lands flooded by tidal surge and heavy rainfall are rotting fast, said AZM Momtazul Karim, deputy director of DAE.

 

 

 

Source: thedailystar


 

 

 

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