Coastal area is seen flooded after the embankment is destroyed as the cyclone Amphan makes its landfall in Satkhira, Bangladesh, on 21 May 2020
Coastal area is seen flooded after the embankment is destroyed as the cyclone Amphan makes its landfall in Satkhira, Bangladesh, on 21 May 2020Reuters

The 8-10 feet tidal surge, triggered by cyclone Amphan, damaged embankments at 83 points in 13 coastal districts, state minister for water resources Zahid Faruk said Thursday, reports news agency UNB.

He was addressing an emergency meeting at the secretariat on Thursday morning.

Cyclone Amphan has damaged around 7.5km embankment at 84 points in 13 districts, Zahid Faruk said

There are 5,556km embankment in the coastal areas. During cyclone Ampan, the water level rose by at least 8-10 feet higher than the normal tide which caused damage to embankments in different districts, he said.

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Cyclone Amphan has damaged around 7.5km embankment at 84 points in 13 districts, Zahid Faruk said adding that the damaged areas have already been identified.

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Hoping that the repair work would start soon, deputy minister for water resources Enamul Haque Shamim said that there are 17,000 embankments across the country.

Quoting water resources ministry, state minister for disaster management and relief Md. Enamur Rahman said 150km flood control embankments were damages while cracks developed at 84 embankments causing a loss of Tk 2.5-3 billion

Disasters are natural which could not be stopped. But under the leadership and direction of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, maximum efforts are made to prevent loss of life and property, he said.

Shamim also said that officers and employees of the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) are at work in affected districts. They are trying to prevent the breakdown with the help of locals and public representatives by using sand bags.

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However, quoting water resources ministry, state minister for disaster management and relief Md. Enamur Rahman said 150km flood control embankments were damages while cracks developed at 84 embankments causing a loss of Tk 2.5-3 billion.

Cyclone Amphan hit Bangladesh on Wednesday with strong wind and heavy rain. It also caused tidal surge which inflicted heavy damage to the embankments and flooded many areas.

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