Around five lakh people in two coastal areas of Satkhira district have been living in submerged areas since May 20, as cyclone Amphan badly damaged large portions of two embankments in those areas.
Twenty-one villages in Shyamnagar and Assasuni upazilas were flooded as the embankments in the Palpetua river and the Chuna river have been damaged following cyclone Amphan, our Khulna correspondent reports.
While visiting the areas, our correspondent saw that about 15/20 kilometres of an embankment in Shyamnagar upazila has been damaged and different points of it are in very poor condition.
According to the Water Development Board (WDB) office in Satkhira, the villages in Shyamnagar upazila -- Napitkhali, Jelekhali, Padmapukur, Kadamtola, Ramjannagar, Jhapali, Burigoalini -- were submerged after the cyclone hit the areas hard on the evening of May 20.
The villages of Chakla, Kurikaunia, Subhadrakati, Ghilarait, Hijalia, Doarghat, Hajrakhali and other villages in Assasuni upazila remain flooded as well since the cyclone.
The repair work of the embankments is underway, said Satkhira WDB (division-1) Executive Engineer Abu Khair and WDB (division-2) Executive Engineer Arifuzzaman.
Satkhira Deputy Commissioner SM Mostafa Kamal said that the areas were flooded as 57 kilometres of the embankments have been damaged following the cyclone.