Haor Disaster Relief

Created April 23, 2017

Last Updated : April 23, 2017

1,200 tonnes of fish died in haors

About 1,276 tonnes of fish died in haor areas of four districts following last month’s flash flood caused by incessant rain, a government report says.

In total, over 74,500 fishermen were affected due to the deaths of fish, the report obtained by The Daily Star, read.

Of the total, 25 tonnes of fish died in Moulvibazar, 49.75 tonnes in Sunamganj, 1180.85 tonnes in Netrakona and 21 tonnes in Sylhet.

No information on deaths of fish was available from Habiganj, Brahmanbaria and Kishoreganj, the report said.

And of the total affected fishermen, 4,000 are from Moulvibazar, 44,445 in Sunamganj, 16,528 in Netrakona and 9,653 in Sylhet.

The report also proposed for distributing 20 kilogrammes of rice to each affected fishermen for the duration of a month. For this, it estimated that 1492.48 tonnes of rice will be needed.

Cause: Fall of pH and oxygen levels, rise of amonia

Fish in some of the parts of the haor areas have died due to a fall of pH and oxygen levels and a rise of ammonia in the waters, the report said based on information from the districts.

The pH level fell to 5 from 6.5 and oxygen .02ppm from 3.0-4.0ppm during the flash flooding.

Level of ammonia rose to 1.00ppm from the usual level of .02ppm, the report added.

Six vigilance teams were formed in Moulvibazar, Sunamganj, Sylhet, Hobiganj, Brahmanbaria, Kishoreganj and Netrakona districts.

The teams are visiting the haor areas and testing quality of water.

A team led by a joint secretary of the ministry has been engaged in inspecting activities on the field levels.

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Each family to get 30kgs rice, Tk 500 monthly

The government has taken a 100-day scheme to provide with relief among at least 3.30 lakh ultra-poor families in haor areas affected by the flash flood.

As part of the relief, each family will receive 30 kilogrammes of rice and Tk 500 per month, Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya said after an inter-ministerial meeting with secretaries of all relevant ministries.

Meanwhile, the government will ensure rice and oil to be sold at the fair price of Tk 10 per kg and Tk 15 per litre respectively for middle income and upper middle class families that do not take relief.

Secretaries of Finance, Agriculture, Food, Environment, Water resources and Fisheries and Livestock ministries were present at the meeting at the Disaster Management Ministry.

At the meeting, a high-powered committee was formed with the joint secretaries of all the ministries as its members. The additional secretary of disaster management ministry will lead the body.

They will visit the disaster affected areas and will submit in 15 days a report with recommendations over the issue.

Although the government has taken up the 100-day scheme, the relief process will continue until the people in the haor area until the situation returns to normal, Maya said.

The minister urged the leaders of all political parties to stand beside the people of these areas.

Meanwhile, the agriculture secretary said there has been a loss of six lakh tonnes of rice in the six affected districts including Sunamganj, Sylhet, Netrakona and Kishoreganj . But in the upland, a 0.35 percent increase in production is estimated, therefore the losses can be covered.

The water resources secretary said a scheme has been taken to see if the dams that were constructed around the 1960s can be increased by one meter keeping in mind the present reality of climate change.

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