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Our Correspondent, Patuakhai

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

 

 

These are the dead trees in Khajura forest area, three kilometers from Kuakata of Patuakhali district. According to locals and forest staff, the trees are dying in the forests along the coast of the district as their roots, covered in by 4 to 5 feet level of sand caused by cyclones Sidr and Aila, have dried up. Photo: Star

 

 

Hundreds of trees in the forests along Patuakhali coast are dying, but local forest staff are yet to take any move to find out what actually causes damage to the trees. Locals said thousands of trees like Kawra and chalia naturally grow in the sandy areas outside the flood control embankment and the trees protect them and their assets during natural disasters.


The trees played a vital role in protecting people and their assets in Patuakhali coastal area during super cyclones Sidr and Aila, they added. During a recent visit to Khajura area, about three kilometers from Kuakata zero point, this correspondent found hundreds of dead trees in the area. He saw a section of local people, specially the fishermen, are cutting down the standing dead trees for firewood.


Local people said many trees in the forests along the coast died due to lake of proper care by local forest staff. A section of people took away the dead trees for firewood, but the forest staff did not take any step against them. Md Shahjahan Akond, a resident of Khajura, said the area is turning into a desert as no new tree grows here. He urged the forest department to plant new trees in the area.


Contacted, KalaparaUpazila Forest Officer MdYakub Ali said the trees are dying as their roots, covered in by 4 to 5 feet level of sand caused by cylonesSidr and Aila, have dried up. “Huge stock of sand in the coastal area is the main reason behind the death of trees. We have nothing to do.” The forest officer said.


Denying the allegation of felling the standing dead trees, he said if anyone is found involved in such criminal act, he will face legal action. “We are planting new trees in the forests along the coast to ensure protection of the local people and their assets during natural disasters,” he further said.

 

 

 

Source: thedailystar

 

 


 

 

 

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