Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – Cyclone Rashmi has damaged standing crops on about 2.6 lakh hectares in 30 districts of Bangladesh, according to a government preliminary assessment report finalized on Wednesday.

Crops such as transplanted aman, broadcast aman, vegetables, mustard, lentils, chilli and others on 2,58,360 hectares, out of more than 20 lakh hectares of land cultivated in 30 districts, have been damaged by the cyclone, the assessment report prepared by the Department of Agricultural Extension.

‘The cyclone is likely to damage about 25 per cent of the mustard, 50 per cent of the vegetables, 5 per cent of broadcast aman, 10 per cent of transplanted aman and 35 per cent of other crops,’ said the assessment report, the New Age, a local newspaper, reported.

The Department has already sent 30 mid-level officials to the cyclone affected districts for the preparation of the report and they were asked to submit reports by Sunday.

The affected districts are Tangail, Narsingdi, Chandpur, Chittagong, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Sirajganj, Pabna, Jhenaidah, Magura, Narail, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Kushtia, Chuadanga, Meherpur, Barisal, Jhalkati, Pirojpur, Patuakhali, Barguna, Bhola, Faridpur, Rajbari, Madaripur, Gopalganj, Shariatpur, Comilla, Brahmanbaria and Jessore.

BBN/SI/SSR/AD-30October08-9:57 PM (BST)