25 lakh coastal people taken to cyclone shelters
Published : Sunday, 10 November, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 103
The authorities concerned along with the Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) volunteers on Saturday evacuated around 25 lakh people of coastal and cyclone vulnerable districts.
The local administrations took them to the cyclone shelters of the vulnerable 13 districts.
Although most of the people were unwilling to take shelters in cyclone shelters they eventually were forced to leaving behind their houses, properties and pets.
They were forced to take refuge in cyclone shelters to avert any untoward incident or damages of lives in the severe cyclone.
Earlier, the volunteers and authorities concerned made announcements through loudspeakers urging people to move away from the coastal and hilly areas and move to cyclone shelters.
Among the 13 districts, evacuation activities were conducted mainly in Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakathi, Bagherhat, Khulna and Satkhira.
According to the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry, around 25 lakh people were taken to cyclone shelters till Saturday evening.
The cyclone already started entering Khulna area through the Sundarbans while filing of this report.
Assistant Meteorologist of BMD Ashraful Alam claimed that Bulbul' was heading towards the country's coastal regions from the Bay of Bengal with a maximum sustained wind speed of 130 kmph rising to 150 kmph in gusts.
Nine coastal districts of Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, and Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars were identified as risky for the cyclone, he added.
Ashraful said the cyclone triggered tidal surges in the sea and rivers when it hit the coastal regions.
The government took measures to face 'Bulbul. Cyclone shelters were opened in the coastal regions and holidays of government staff in 13 coastal districts were cancelled.
Launch services were suspended on Friday night.