Incessant rain and unusually strong tide caused 10,560 fish enclosures of 10 upazilas in Bagerhat, which is famous for its White Gold shrimps, to go under water resulting in a loss of more than Tk 50 crore for the fish farmers.
Many farmers are trying to trap the fish by throwing nets over them, but the fish have already been washed away by rain.
Visiting Srirampur village of Chitalmari Upazila, our Bagerhat correspondent found the farmers trying to repair the dams of the damaged enclosures while hundreds of enclosures lie submerged due to overflowing in heavy.
Hundreds of fish farmers of the village have lost their enclosures in the flood, while the scenario is more or less same in the other villages like Raygram, Karatdia, Gilagathi, Dattavanga, Arulia, Vennabari, Jhaldanga, Khuria and so on.
The villages are located along the Chitra river, which broke its banks at five or six points of the embankment, causing the villages to flood. As a result, all the shrimps of the enclosures that were about to be sold in the next week were washed away.
The fish farmers allege that the reason behind their suffering is a failure on the part of the authorities to dredge the river and canals, and lack of drainage system.
The last monsoon brought the same misfortune to the poor farmers too.
Kashinath Bala, a fish farmer of Srirampur, who has been cultivating fish for about 25 years, lost almost all his fish.
This season he is fearing losses of about Tk 50 Lakh while he faced the same situation in the previous year too.
Ananda Bairagi and Arbind Biswas, two other farmers, said despite trying their best, they could not save their enclosures covering the area of 15 Bigha land.
Rani Mondol and Anima Rani from Chitalmari village said that, if the misfortune occurs every year like this they will have to leave the fish farming business.
Bagerhat district senior fisheries officer Md Kabir Hossein said, according to the official records, 10,560 fish enclosures of 8,337 hectares land washed away in the heavy rain till Wednesday. Some 5,170 are from Chitalmari and 1,440 are from Rampal upazila.
However, the officer fears that the sufferings of the fish farmers may increase further with the continuous rainfall.