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Cyclone Remal

Leave of all govt officials cancelled, 8 lakh people evacuated

Published : Sunday, 26 May, 2024 at 2:45 PM  Count : 595

Leave of all govt officials cancelled, 8 lakh people evacuated

Leave of all govt officials cancelled, 8 lakh people evacuated

The leave of all government officials, including all ministries, divisions and subordinate offices, have been cancelled to tackle the possible aftermath of cyclone Remal.

State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief  Md Mohibur Rahman announced it after an inter-ministerial meeting  at the secretariat in the capital on Sunday.

He said over 8 lakh people have, so far, been evacuated to shelters from the low-laying areas along the coast of the Bay of Bengal in different districts as severe cyclone ‘Remal is set to hit the country on Sunday evening. 
“We have prepared nearly 9,000 shelters in the coastal areas,” he added.

He also requested the people of the area to move to safer place at the shortest possible time.

"All preparations have been made to deal with Cyclone Remal," Mohibbur said, underscoring the government's proactive stance.

He also informed the media that the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel under the Karnaphuli River in Chattogram to remain shut from Sunday evening to Monday morning.

The maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been asked to hoist the Great Danger Signal No. 10 as cyclonic storm Remal over northwest Bay and adjoining area moved northwards and intensified into a severe cyclonic storm, said a Met office bulletin on Sunday morning.

The maritime ports of Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar have been asked to hoist Great Danger Signal No. 9.

The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has issued the highest alert, Alert-4, to prevent damage from Cyclone Remal, resulting in a complete halt to port operations.

Alert-4 was issued at Chittagong Port at 9:30am after the Bangladesh Meteorological Department raised the alert signal to number 9 on Sunday, said Omar Faruq, secretary of Chittagong Port Authority.

The CPA secretary said that since the BMD’s signal exceeded great danger signal no 9.  the unloading of goods at the outer anchorage has been stopped.

Under the peripheral effect of the severe cyclone and steep pressure gradient, the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Khulna, Satkhira, Bagherhat, Pirojpur Jhalakathi, Barguna, Barishal, Bhola, Patuakhali, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Cumilla, Chattogram, Cox's Bazar and their islands and chars are likely to be inundated by wind driven surge of 08-12 feet height above normal, astronomical tide, it reads.

'Remal' heading towards Bangladesh, may make landfall this evening
Flight operation suspended at Shah Amanat, Ctg port issues own alert-4
Low-lying coastal areas, chars likely to be inundated by 8-12 feet height tide
Great danger signal no 10 for Mongla, Payra ports

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