Cyclone Amphan has damaged about 12,300 trees in the Bangladesh part of the Sunderbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest, on May 22, said chief conservator of forests Amir Hossain Chowdhury on Thursday.
He added that most of those trees were Goran numbering over 10,500, and the others include about 1,200 Gewa, 112 Sundari, and a few Keora, Pashur and other trees.
‘But, no wild animal was found dead by the four committees formed by the forest department at the Sunderbans. The committees submitted the loss assessment reports to the head office on May 26,’ Amir said.
The cyclone, he said, basically hit the forest in the Satkhira district where big trees did not grow for acute salinity.
‘The damage that they assessed is not significant for the gigantic forest and is expected to be recovered within six months naturally,’ he added.
He, however, said that they would intervene for bringing back fresh waters in the water bodies, especially the ponds, inside the forest those became saline for the high tide caused by the cyclone.
‘Those ponds are the only water sources for the people and wildlife,’ Amir said.
The Centre for Environmental and Geographic Information Services would complete its assessments on the damage of the forest through satellite image analysis on Sunday, CEGIS executive director Malik Fida A Khan said.
CEGIS, Malik said, also started doing strategic environmental assessment of the forest for submitting it to the UNESCO.
Last year, UNESCO demanded the strategic environmental assessment report of the Sunderbans after the IUCN expressed concern over the possible manmade disaster over the World Heritage Site, located in the Bangladesh part of the Sunderbans.
The UN body was, however, satisfied with the management of the Indian part of the forest.
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