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50 shrimp farms and crops last in tidal surge

BANGLADESH - The tidal surge that swept the coast last week washed away shrimps from at least 50 farms and damaged crops on about 2,000 acres in 12 villages in Patuakhali Sadar and Baufal upazilas.

According to officials, the loss of shrimp farms is yet to be ascertained, but it will damage the local economy.

The tidal surge entered the villages as the Lohalia river dam constructed by Water Development Board collapsed at Shoula village in Sadar upazila Wednesday night during the tidal surge, officials said.

The affected villages are Shoula, Kakrabunia, Idrakpur, Pajakhali, Palerdanga, Nazirpur, Kuripaika, Pratappur and Vaila in Sadar upazila and Bamnikathi and Adabaria in Baufal upazila.

Crops like maize, grand nut, sweet potato on about 2,000 acres were totally damaged, Monir Rahman, chairman of Kamlapur Union Parishad in Sadar upazila told this correspondent.

The WDB constructed the sluice on Shoula canal at a cost of Tk 25 lakh in 2000. local people claimed that areas near the sluice gate have become more vulnerable as it was not carefully planned after survey.

Source: The Daily Star