Tidal surge hits 4 upazilas of Khulna, Bagerhat
Tidal surges under the influence of full moon hit Paikgacha, Dumuria, Koira upazilas of Khulna and Mongla upazila of Bagerhat on Sunday.
Tidal water marooned over one lakh people while the surge damaged several embankments, dwelling houses, hundreds of shrimp enclosures and crops on vast lands in the affected areas.
The embankment at Boalia under Paikgachha upazila collapsed on Sunday morning due to pressure of tidal water from Kobadak River inundating the entire fishermen's colony at Hitampur village and rendering over 200 families homeless.
The surges have so far washed away over 300 shrimp enclosures as water level of the river continued to rise above danger mark.
Paikgachha bazaar has also been inundated, locals said.
In Dumuria upazila, over 10,000 people were marooned as strong tidal surges hit four villages of Shovna union on Sunday evening. The embankment constructed by the WDB last year collapsed due to pressure of water from the Ghengrial River which is still flowing above danger mark.
The tidal surges also washed away over 200 shrimp enclosures in four affected villages. The marooned people have taken shelter at different neighbouring 'safe' villages and on highlands.
Shikaribari embankment under Koira upazila also collapsed at 2:00 pm on Sunday inundating six villages of Maheshwaripur union and rendering over 400 landless families homeless.
The surges washed away at least 200 shrimp enclosures and damaged crops on about 500 acres of land.
The embankment was constructed at a cost of Tk 6 crore 43 lakh on February 10 last.
In Mongla, entire areas under the municipality went under water from the Passur River. The tidal surges that began to hit coastal areas last Friday have affected over 50,000 people of Mongla township inundating most of the shops, roads and houses, local sources said.