The Alipurduar district fisheries department has started issuing compensation amount to the fishermen who were affected in the August flood last year.

According to a district fisheries officer, a total Rs 18,94,200 will be distributed among 1031 fishermen in the district. According to sources, 231 hectors of water bodies producing fish were badly damaged in the last flood.

The district fisheries department had to bear a loss of amount Rs 2.5 crore due to the damages made by the last flood. The district fisheries department has earlier distributed 1000 fish larvae (baby fishes) to each of the flood hit fishermen.

They were also given a lime necessary to spread in their water bodies to clean the water following flood, it is learnt. The fishermen are being allotted Rs 1082 per bigha of the water body they possesses, fisheries department sources said.

“We are disbursing the compensation amount through the direct benefit transfer system. The amount will be transferred directly to the fishermen’s bank account,” said the Deputy Director of Alipurduar district fisheries department, Kiranlal Das.