Cyclone: ​​45 more dead deer recovered in Sundarbans

45 more dead deer recovered in Sundarbans

45 more dead deer recovered in Sundarbans

The aftermath of Cyclone Rimal has revealed significant devastation in the Sundarbans, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On Thursday, May 30, another 45 dead deer were recovered from various areas, including Katka and Kachikhali. This brings the total number of deer casualties to 96 over the past three days, alongside two wild pigs.

The forest department, led by Khulna Region Forest Conservator Mihir Kumar, has been conducting extensive searches throughout the Sundarbans to assess the damage and rescue affected wildlife. The latest recovery effort on Thursday uncovered 45 dead deer. Previously, 12 dead deer were found on Wednesday, and 39 were recovered on Tuesday.

In addition to the fatalities, the forest department successfully rescued 18 live deer, four wild boars, and one python from various areas where they had been swept away by the tidal surge caused by Cyclone Rimal.

Cyclone Rimal caused water levels to rise to 8-10 feet within the Sundarbans, leading to severe flooding that displaced wildlife. The floodwaters forced animals to flee their habitats, resulting in numerous deaths. Chief Conservator of Forests Amir Hossain Chowdhury stated that forest officials are actively working to determine the full extent of the damage inflicted by the cyclone.

Chronology of Events

  1. Sunday: Cyclone Rimal made landfall, causing significant tidal surges in the rivers and flooding the Sundarbans.
  2. Monday: The tidal surges continued, exacerbating the flooding and further endangering wildlife.
  3. Tuesday: The first reports of wildlife casualties emerged, with 39 dead deer recovered.
  4. Wednesday: An additional 12 dead deer were found.
  5. Thursday: Another 45 dead deer were recovered, bringing the total to 96 dead deer over three days.

The flooding from Cyclone Rimal severely disrupted the natural habitats of the Sundarbans' wildlife. Areas such as Katka, Kachikhali, Dubla, Shela, Neelkamal, and Mandabari experienced significant waterlogging. The inundation of forest roads and wildlife habitats forced many animals to flee, leading to the tragic deaths observed by forest department officials.

Forest department teams are continuing their search and rescue operations to locate and assist any remaining wildlife in distress. They are also compiling data on the full extent of the damage to provide a comprehensive report on the impact of Cyclone Rimal.

The devastation wrought by Cyclone Rimal has had a profound impact on the Sundarbans, particularly its wildlife. With 96 dead deer and two wild pigs already recovered, the full scale of the cyclone's impact is still being assessed. Ongoing efforts by the forest department aim to rescue surviving wildlife and evaluate the overall damage to this critical ecosystem.


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