Many damaged Baleswar fishing trawlers
The recent Cyclonic Storm Yaas wreaked massive havoc in various areas of Baleswar District, trawlers and their owners in particular were hit the hardest. Although fishing trawlers have been inactive since April 14 due to the ban on the marine fish breeding season, several trawlers and gillnets anchored near the sea were damaged due to the tidal wave caused by the cyclone .
From the Balaramgadi fishing base, more than 85 trawlers and 13 gillnets suffered minor and major damage as the tide rose about 15 feet.
The ships were pushed towards the shore and struck boulders and trees, causing their damage. Although the vessels were anchored and prepared for the ensuing fishing season, these vessels suffered damage from the storm. Not only did the incident occur in Balaramgadi fishing base, but vessels from other bases including Kasafal and Bahabalpur etc. were also damaged.
The fishing boat association said the cyclone severely affected their livelihoods. They also asked the government for financial assistance to repair the damage. They asked for at least 25,000 rupees as compensation for each vessel to prepare for the next fishing season.
The request was presented to Minister Arun Sahoo during his visit to the fishing bases on Tuesday, Trawler Association president Narandra Bihari Das said. Meanwhile, residents of low-lying areas close to the sea coast face untold woes as they still face a problem of waterlogging even after a week when the cyclone hit the district.
GPs from Chandipur, Chargochhia, Parikhi, Srikona, Gopinathpur, Alumeda, Channua, Sartha and Srirampur were the most affected. Due to breaches in the embankment near Chargocchia, Chandipur, salt water gushed out in cultivated fields during high tides, local residents said.