After being identified that the cyclone Yas would hit Bhitarkania Nationwide Park in Kendrapada district close to Dhamra port in Odisha, locals expressed optimism that the mangrove forest cowl enriched with the park’s wetland websites would once more develop into a sanctuary for them. Though the cyclone is prone to knock on Wednesday, rain has began within the nationwide park space since Tuesday morning and persons are dealing with sturdy winds.
“Everybody right here is confined indoors in properties or cyclone shelters. The encircling forest cowl protected us from minimal injury in earlier cyclones. We pray that the forests face an assault this time as properly, “mentioned Ganesh Chandra Gudiya, who lives within the village of Talchua subsequent to the park. The nationwide park had suffered a cyclone Amfan assault that hit coastal Odisha in Might final yr. Handed via
“Coastal woodland has the capability to resist wind speeds of as much as 20 kilometers per hour. We’re scared however hope that nature will cease the storm assault, “mentioned Narsingh Behera, a resident of Nalitapatiya village. The spectacular mangrove cowl typically serves as a protecting barrier in opposition to cyclones and tidal waves.
Divisional Forest Officer, Rajnagar Mangrove (Wildlife) Forest Division, Bikash Ranjan Das mentioned, “Mangrove forests stabilize the shoreline with their complicated root system, lowering erosion from stormy waves, currents, waves and tides.” The park’s wildlife have been unaffected by the cyclone Amfan cyclone final yr, the DFO mentioned, including that villages on the periphery of the nationwide park have been additionally saved as mangrove cowl served as a buffer zone in defending human settlements.
Bhitarkanika is a wealthy repository of the mangrove gene. Researchers have discovered 11 of the 70 mangrove species within the nationwide park that have been in peril of extinction on this planet.
Odisha is endowed with reserves of a mangrove forest space of 231 sq km, with a big half mendacity in Bhitarkanika. It’s second solely to the Sundarbans in West Bengal. Other than Bhitarkanika in Kendrapara, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur and Puri districts are additionally house to mangroves, in any other case generally known as coastal woodland.