1,200 tourists stuck in St Martin's
Published : Friday, 8 November, 2019 at 1:02 PM Count : 428
Around 1,200 tourists are stranded on Saint Martin's Island of Cox's Bazar as vessel movement remained halted on Teknaf-Saint Martin route due to rough sea under the influence of severe cyclonic storm “Bulbul".
Maritime ports have been advised to hoist local warning signal number four as the severe cyclonic storm “Bulbul” was formed over the west-central bay and adjoining east-central bay.
Saint Martin's Union Parishad chairman Nur Ahmed claimed the stranded tourists are safe. Hotel authorities have been asked to host them properly until the weather comes to normalcy, the UP chairman added.
Additional deputy commissioner (Revenue) of Cox's Bazar Md Ashraful Afsar served notice to suspend the movement of tourist-carrying vessels until further notice.
Cox's Bazar Met office said now local warning signal number four has been hoisted in the sea. Services of tourists carrying water transports have been suspended and all kinds of vessel have been asked to take shelter.
UNB adds: The severe cyclonic storm “Bulbul” over the west-central bay and adjoining east-central bay moved north-northwestwards over the same area at 6am on Friday.
It was centred about 760 km southwest of Chattogram port, 710 km southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 665 km southwest of Mongla port and 650 km southwest of Payraport, the Met office said in a special weather bulletin.
It is likely to intensify further and move in a north-northwesterly direction. Under the peripheral influence of the severe cyclonic storm “Bulbul”, gusty/squally weather may affect the maritime ports, North Bay and coastal areas of Bangladesh
The maximum sustained wind speed within 64 kms of the severe cyclone centre is about 90 kph rising to 110 kph in gusts or squalls. The sea will remain very high near the severe cyclone centre, the Met Office added.