Super storm: Danger signal #7
Evacuation underway: All ports closed
Published : Saturday, 9 November, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 224
Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) on Friday hoisted danger signal number 7 in the coastal areas and the sea ports of the country as cyclonic storm 'Bulbul' is intensifying in the Bay of Bengal.
The warning was given on Friday evening.
In the meantime, the government has started taking preparations to minimize unnecessary loss of lives and properties. The authorities are evacuating people from their homes and taking them to the cyclone shelters in the danger zones.
According to the Met Office warning, the severe cyclonic storm 'Bulbul' may hit the coastal areas of seven districts of Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira,
Barguna, Patuakhali, Jhalkathi and Bhola in between Saturday evening to midnight. Due to the cyclone, tidal waves at Hiron Point in the Sundarban may exceed six to seven feet over its usual height.
Due to the impact of the cyclonic storm, rain started in the coastal areas including Dhaka city from Friday afternoon.
Meanwhile CPA Secretary Mohammad Omar Faruk told our correspondent in the port city that under the influence of the cyclonic storm 'Bulbul,' the activities of Chattogram Port Authority (CPA) have been suspended since 7pm on Friday.
He said the vessels, anchored at the jetties, are being taken to the safer places especially to the outer anchorage with a view to protecting the jetties from any destruction likely to be caused by the cyclone.
The Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief has already asked officials concerned to prepare the cyclone shelters of the districts and increase the stock of dry food there. It has already allocated 2,000 packets of dry food and Tk 500,000 for each of the seven districts.
In a national disaster preparedness and coordination meeting held on Friday afternoon at the Ministry, the officials of 22 ministries in the areas were asked to stay alert cancelling their leave.
"They were asked to evacuate people of the coastal areas and bring them to the cyclone shelters immediately before the cautionary signal increases to the great danger level. All 4,071 cyclone shelters are now prepared to accommodate the vulnerable people," State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Enamur Rahman told journalists after the coordination meeting.
Quoting the warning of BMD, the State Minister said the maritime ports were advised to keep hoisting local warning signal number 4 as the cyclonic storm 'Bulbul' is intensifying into a very severe cyclonic storm over west-central Bay and adjoining east-central Bay and is moving towards northward direction.
The maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra were advised to hoist local warning signal number 6 at a scale of 10. At the same time, officials connected to disaster management were also asked to stay alert.
"We have around 56,000 trained volunteers across the country. All volunteers were kept on alert. They will rush to the areas immediately after the cyclone makes a landfall. They will focus on saving people from the disaster.
A BMD statement said the cyclone was about 695 km southwest of Chattogram Port, 645 km southwest of Cox's Bazar Port, 585 km southwest of Mongla Port and 575 km southwest of Payra Port at noon on Friday.
It is likely to intensify further and move towards north-northwesterly direction. Under the peripheral influence of the severe cyclonic storm 'Bulbul,' gusty wind may affect the maritime ports, North Bay and coastal areas of the country. Sea will remain very high near the severe cyclone centre.
All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to head to shore immediately, it added.
According to the districts correspondents, all deputy commissioners of the coastal districts on Friday held separate coordination meetings with the officials concerned. In addition, the DCs of Chattogram and Barishal also held meetings as a precautionary measure.