500 meters from Kuakata beach flows into the sea
About 500 meters from Patuakhali’s Kuakata Beach, the district’s only tourist attraction, was washed away by the tide caused by recent Cyclone Yaas.
About 56 kilometers of the various flood control dikes in the district were also damaged. The Water Development Board (WDB) said it would need Tk 53 crore to repair these dams.
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The water flowed 74 cm above the danger level in major rivers such as the Andhar Manik, Ramnabat and Payra rivers on May 26. But the water has started to recede, our correspondent from Patuakhali said.
Mohammad Halim Salehee, executive engineer, Patuakhali WDB, said 56 km of different embankments, including seven km from the most vulnerable Laluar dam in Kalapara upazila, were damaged.
Three kilometers of banks of different rivers have been devoured by the sea while 1.5 km of river bank protection has been destroyed, he said.
Higher authorities have been notified of the damage and necessary action will be taken if funds are allocated for the repair, he added.
Rangabali upazila, a remote island, has no embankment to protect its many char, including Char Anda, Chalitabunia and Nayar Char. As a result, these coastal areas are always inundated by tidal waters.
Due to the effect of Cyclone Yaas, tidal waters gushed out in these areas and inundated croplands, houses and roads, causing suffering to six lakh residents.
A hotel, built on the beach on the west side of Zero Point, also collapsed. At least 20 fishermen’s houses on the west side of the hotel have been flooded due to the tide, fisherman Sumon Sheikh said.
At least 200 temporary stores in the Zero Point area have disappeared following the impact of “Yass”.
In this regard, the Mayor of Kuakata Municipality, Anwar Hossain, said that the impact of Cyclone “Yaas” was greater than that of Cyclone Ampan last year.
Motaleb Sharif, general secretary of the Kuakata Hotel and Motel Owners Association, said the cyclone damaged the tourist area of Kuakata.
Permanent barricades must be built urgently to protect Kuakata from tidal waves, he said.
If it is still damaged, domestic and foreign tourists may lose interest in visiting the place, he added.
Patuakhali-4 MP Mahibbur Rahman visited the devastated region of Kuakata yesterday afternoon. He said permanent measures are being taken to protect Kuakata from natural disasters.