Amphan causes Tk 1,100 crore initial loss

Staff Correspondent | Published: 19:57, May 21,2020


State minister for disaster management and relief Enamur Rahman on Thursday said that super cyclone Amphan caused an initial loss of Tk 1,100 crore by damaging crops, infrastructures and coastal protection embankments in 26 districts.

‘This is an initial estimate and the loss is likely to increase,’ said the minister on an online press briefing at around 5:15pm. The full assessment of the damages would take a week to complete.

He said that the worst affected districts were Satkhira, Bagerhat and Patuakhali.

Enamur also said that the cyclone damaged 1,100km roads, 200 bridges and culverts, and 233 offices of local government in the affected districts. ‘The cyclone destroyed mangoes worth Tk 150 crore in the affected districts including Satkhira, Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj,’ said the minister.

The cyclone also damaged 150km of coastal embankment, washed away shrimp enclosures worth Tk 350 crore and damaged power lines extensively.

Enamur Rahman said that a large number of houses were damaged but did not specify the number. He said that the rebuilding would start on Friday with the repairing of the damaged houses and embankments.

He said that power supply to the affected areas would be restored in 24 hours.

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