The only jetty in St. Martin collapsed...

Dhaka, Wednesday   16 June 2021

The only jetty in St. Martin collapsed

 Teknaf Correspondent

 Published: 07:41 PM, 26 May 2021  

The only jetty in St. Martin collapsed

The only jetty in St. Martin collapsed

The only tourist jetty at St. Martin's in Teknaf, Cox's Bazar, has collapsed due to cyclonic storm Yaas and full moon tides. 

Cyclones and tidal waves began to hit the jetty on Tuesday night. This caused a crack in the jetty pontoon. Most of the pontoons, railings and stairs of the jetty collapsed following huge waves in the sea on Wednesday morning.

Nur Ahmed, chairman of St. Martin's Union Parishad, confirmed the matter, saying all types of shipping on the Teknaf-Saint Martin waterway were closed due to rising sea level. If this continues, there could be a food crisis on the island, including vegetables. Today, the jetty has collapsed under the pressure of the waves of the rough sea. All in all, the islanders are going to face disaster.

According to union council sources, the jetty was built in 2002-03 under the supervision of the Department of Local Government Engineers (LGED) for the convenience of about 10,000 residents of St. Martin's Island and tourists visiting the island. Every year during the tourist season, 5 to 12 thousand tourists and locals use the jetty to board on the ship. On 15 November 2007, Cyclone Sidr completely destroyed the parking point of the jetty and damaged two girders. Since then the jetty has become risky.

Teknaf Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Parvez Chowdhury said the jetty had collapsed due to abnormal tidal waves. The matter has been reported to the higher authorities.