SYLHET, Apr 19: In a bid to cleanse the polluted water and to stop widespread death of fishes, the local administration and fisheries department have been spraying lime powder on the different waterbodies in Sunamganj and Moulvibazar districts since Tuesday.
They also made public announcements through loudspeakers in Dharmapasha, Jogonnathpur and Dakshin Sunamganj upazilas of Sunamganj and Kulaura, Juri and Barlekha upazilas of Moulvibazar districts with a call to locals not to catch or consume fishes on the waterbodies, since those are already polluted.
Deputy Director of the Fishery Sylhet, Md. Mosharraf Hossain told this correspondent today that taka 50,000 had been sanctioned for the purpose in each of Dharmapasha, Jogonnathpur and Dakshin Sunamganj upazilas where 1.5 tonnes of lime powder had been sprayed in each upazila. Juri, Barlekha and Kulaura upazilas were given Taka one lakh each where 2 tonnes of lime powder were being sprayed in each upazila, he said and added, if needed more lime powder would be sprayed.
About 30 tonnes of fish of different species like Air, Boal, Ruhi, Katla, Kali Baush, Pabda etc were found dead and floating due to the water pollution during the last 4 days, officials said.
Measures were also taken with a view to stopping the large scale damage of fish wealth of the country's largest waterbody named Hakaluki haor, spread over Barlekha, Kulaura, Fenchuganj and Golapganj upazilas.
Fishery officials said the early rains and hilly floods in the region had already rotten the paddy plants, as these had been under water for weeks. The paddy crops were about to be harvested by April.
Besides, a list of the affected farmers is being prepared with a view to providing special assistance. Meanwhile, the government has sanctioned rice for the poor and marginal farmers and fishermen of these upazilas under General Relief (GR) programme.
The distribution would begin next week.