Flood-affected fish farmers see no hope of rehabilitation

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:01, Jul 23,2017 | Updated: 01:11, Jul 23,2017


The government has no rehabilitation plan yet for farmers whose fish farms have been damaged in floods since early July.
Department of Fisheries officials are working on an assessment of losses of fish farms caused by flooding in northern and northeastern districts as waters have receded from almost all the flood-affected areas over the past week.
They are trying to find out how many of the affected farms are owned by individuals, cooperatives and the government, officials said.
‘We won’t be able to help individuals due to lack of fund,’ said Department of Fisheries director general Syed Arif Azad.
He said that the department could only provide help to some of the cooperatives and farms owned by institutions like schools, colleges and mosques.
‘And the help won’t be much. We can only provide them with fry,’ said Azad.
He said that their primary estimate showed that about 150 hectares of ponds and fish farms were destroyed by floods in Rangpur division alone, and 95 per cent of them were owned by individuals.
Over 15 lakh people were marooned by floods in 12 districts from July 1, causing damages to standing crops, livestock and properties.
New Age correspondent in Feni reported that floods damaged fish farms causing loss of about Tk 1 crore in the district.
Anisul Hoque of Uttar Doulatpur village at Phulgazi said that floods destroyed his entire farm where he invested the last of his pennies.
‘It is highly unlikely that I would ever be able to recover the loss,’ said Anisul.
The flood situation in Feni improved on Saturday with rivers in Southeastern region falling rapidly. Heavy rains caused a sudden flooding in Feni and Chittagong on Friday.
New Age correspondent in Lalmonirhat reported that people displaced by flood were facing severe food, water and cash crises after returning to their homes in absence of rehabilitation programmes of the government.
It has been about fifteen days since many of them returned to their houses, but did not receive even a penny from the government.
Lalmonirhat sadar upazilla chairman AKM Mominul Haque said that there were 7,000 people in his area who needed immediate assistance for rebuilding their houses damaged by floods.

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