Sundarban, the exceptional gift of God

Samiya Akter of class 7, OIS wrote this piece as her entry for the Prestigious Writing Competition 2015. She entered for the 12-15 age group, and wrote for the topic “A place I love in my country”. This essay earned her the honorable spot of 2nd Runner-up.

This write up is completely unedited. I am posting this because Samiya does not (yet) have an account with us.

 

The Sundarbans delta, the wonder of nature literally means beautiful forest, is a combined forest in Bangladesh and West Bengal, India. It is the largest mangrove forest in the world. The Sunderbans gets its name due to the abundant presence of the ‘Sundari’ trees. There are a lots of ‘Sundari’ trees in Sundarban.

Every year a large number of tourists and visitors come to Bangladesh from all over the world to see the beauty, nature and creature in Sundarban. Many scientist, geologist and discoverer also come here to research and discover new lives in Sundarban.

There are a huge number of observable places in Sundarban. These are Hiron Point: Hiron point also known as Nilkamal, is the main attractive place in Sundarban for all tourists and visitors. It is a beautiful spot and great for spotting tigers and other wildlife. Visitors can also enjoy the beauty of wild nature and dotted deer’s walking and running all around the Hiron point. The visitors can get a comfortable stay here in the three-storied Rest House of the Mongla Port Authority with prior booking.

You may be heard about Kotka Beach. But you can’t imagine how beautiful it is without visiting the beach. Moreover, it is built by nature and cared by nature. When you will be standing beside the beach then the Bay of Bengal will be in front of you and behind you there is the largest mangrove forest of the world. Just imagine the scenery! Be careful there also about the king of Sundarban “Royal Bengal Tiger”.

Some of the most popular birds found in Sundarban are – Various types of Kingfishers, Open Billed Storks, White Bellied Sea Eagles, White Ibis, Golden Plovers, Eastern Knots, Curlews, Pintails, Grey Plover, Caspian Plover, Water Hens, Coots, Pheasant Tailed Jacanas, Pariah Kites, Brahminy Kites, Marsh Harriers, Swamp Partridges, Red Jungle Fowls, Spotted Doves, Common Mynahs, Jungle Crows, Jungle Babblers, Caspian Terns etc.

The mangroves of Sundarban are not only serving as a tourist attraction, that also serving various important environmental functions in the region. It provides a conductive environment for the existence of various creatures that attach themselves to the roots of the mangroves in Sundarban and it also avoid being swept away by the tides.

The Sundarbans is not just an environmental asset or an ecological treasure-trove; it is an area of immense geo-political importance as well. Therefore, if the land of this region gets submerged, then further complexities will arise. If the Sundarbans falls prey to the ill-effects of climate change or by the people, it will lead to the growth of subsidiary issues including loss of biodiversity of the region, complete inundation of the land and related problems in the surrounding regions.

On 25th May, 2009 Sundarban was damaged by Aila (tropical cyclone of wind speed 120 km/hr). We have to remember that, if Sundarban was not been there, lots of lives could be dead within a few seconds. Sundarban protected us from Aila by damaging herself. But for a bit of interest we are jeopardizing the future of our environment.  The Sundarbans also faces the impending threat of being completely destroyed due to the ravaging effects of climate change.

This is the time to act. It’s late to trace back our steps, but it’s not too late to mend our ways. We must alter our lifestyles if we seek to change the destiny of the Sundarban. We have to leave our bad mentality about destroying the nature. We should to work together to ensure the stability of nature as well as Sundarban. Initially, the people of that particular region need to be sensitized about the issue.

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