Farmers in Sirajganj are apprehending massive losses after a norwester hit the district on Wednesday night and damaged crops on about 12,000 hectares.
“We’re fearing a huge loss for the seasonal crops,” said Abu Hanif, the deputy director of the district’s Department of Agricultural Extension.
Farmers are frustrated seeing their ripe Boro paddy lying flat on the ground after storm and rain. There isn’t much left to harvest, they said.
The norwester also damaged maize, jute and vegetable plantations.
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More than 200 houses in the district were damaged and many trees were uprooted, cutting off power supply for about nine hours.
Hanif said they have sent a report on the damage to the ministry concerned.
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But it is unclear if any step has been taken to address the losses of the farmers.