Cyclone Bulbul damaged 4,589 trees in the Sundarbans, mostly in the western part of the mangrove forest under Khulna and Satkhria districts, according to the Bangladesh Forest Department.
The storm did not leave behind any wildlife casualty, according to the department’s damage assessment report.
Trees on both sides of the rivers Arpangasia and Shibsa were the worst affected, said the report.
The affected trees, which include both naturally-grown mangroves and planted trees such as babla, mahogany and raintree, were worth about Tk 62.85 lakh, said the report.
The forest department has decided to not remove any of the damaged trees, apart from the uprooted ones.
“The damaged trees will revive, if we do not interrupt the natural condition of the mangrove,’’ said Moyeen Uddin Khan, conservator of the forest’s Khulna circle.
He told The Daily Star that they wanted to sell some damaged babla, mahogany, raintree and other local species which were planted along the Baidayamari and Chandpai range to cover the forest’s eastern part.
The department’s report said there was “no evidence of wildlife casualty” in the Sundarbans.
The survey was conducted at all 63 camps and four range offices of the forest.
According to the assessment, around 4,002 trees were damaged in the western part.
On the other hand, 587 trees were uprooted in the eastern part of the Sundarbans.
Bashir Al Mamun, divisional forest officer of the West Forest Department, said hundreds of trees had fallen in the rivers Arpangasia and Shibsa.
“We are fortunate that there is no loss of wildlife,” he said.
Amirul Azad, a senior meteorologist at Khulna Met office, said the cyclone hit the Sundarbans with a velocity of 120 to 130 kms per hour.
It slowed down significantly after crossing the Sundarbans and hit the locality with a velocity of 80 to 100 km per hour, he said.
Cyclone Bulbul claimed at least 26 lives, as it ravaged across the country’s southern districts on November 10.