Four New Mouths Created In Chilika Lake Post-Fani

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Puri: While human life after cyclone Fani is coming back to normalcy, the near super-cyclone had left an adverse effect on the ecological hotspots of the state.

As a part of the aftermath of the extremely severe cyclonic storm, Asia’s biggest brackish water lake, Chilka, received four new mouths (meeting point with the sea) due to wave energy with the high tidal prism and saline ingress to the lake.

Though the forest department has started an assessment to evaluate the effect of the new mouths on the biodiversity, the new openings might adversely affect marine life.

This will increase the salinity of Chilika and may help in fish recruitment and catch. Scientists are sampling to know the exact salinity and biodiversity, the official informed.

Chief Executive Officer of Chilika Development Authority (CDA), Susanta Nanda informed about the same through his Twitter handle.

Earlier last year, the cyclonic storms Titli and Daye also opened up natural mouths at the Chilika lagoon near Arakhakuda. Chilika had two functional mouths-one near Sanpatna village and the other near Arakhakuda village. They were separated by 2.5 kms. Now the lagoon has three mouths in that separated stretch & one beyond Arakhakuda.

Besides this, the Balukhand wildlife sanctuary on the Puri-Konark marine drive, which was home to around 9 million trees has lost over 4.5 million trees. However, only mangroves were able to resist the strong winds gusting up to 200 kmph.

The cyclone also damaged lakhs of trees along the Bhubaneswar-Puri highway and on roads in Bramhagiri, Satapada, Krushnaprasad, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Khurda and several other areas.
Nandankanan Zoological Park in the outskirts of Bhubaneswar has also been destroyed in the cyclone.

Notably, Cyclone Fani, which made landfall in Puri last Friday, has left a long trail of destruction along with the coastal areas of Odisha.

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