Cyclone ‘Bulbul’ likely to hit B’desh today
Rumi Akter Polly of DOT
Southwestern coastal districts of the country have taken all-out preparations and kept 1377 cyclone shelters ready because severe cyclonic storm ‘Bulbul’ may hit the region today evening, reports UNB.
An official of Khulna Met Office Amirul Azad said, “Cyclone Bulbul was 665 kilometers off Mongla port at 6am yesterday and it may hit first Odisha and West Bengal in India and then enter Bangladesh territory by today evening.”
At three maritime ports and inland water transportation, the authorities have suspended all sorts of activities as cyclonic storm Bulbul over the Bay of Bengal is nearing the coasts, reports bdnews24.com.
After the Met Office raised the warning level at Mongla and Payra ports to danger signal No. 7, and No. 6 at Chattogram yesterday evening, the authorities suspended operations at the three ports.
All the ships have been asked to move from the jetties to the outer anchorage.
Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has asked all its officials and employees not to leave their respective stations as cyclonic storm “Bulbul” may hit the country’s coastal areas today.
The department issued in this regard a notice signed by Deputy Secretary of DDM Dr Md Habib Ullah Bahar with the approval of the department’s director general, reports Bangla Tribune.
Around 1,500 tourists are stuck at the Saint Martin’s Island as authorities stopped movement of all water transport at sea ahead of Cyclone Bulbul which is approaching Bangladesh.
The maritime ports have been advised to raise local cautionary signal 4 after which the district administrator decided to halt movement of water transport on Friday (Nov 8).
“Seven ships operate in this route. The tourists at the island are safe,” said Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Teknaf region official Amjad Hossain.
He added that the steps were taken so as to avoid accidents caused by unfavourable weather conditions.
Saint Martin police outpost Inspector Azmir Elahi said that it is being ensured that the tourists don’t face any kind of harassment.
Bagerhat district administration yesterday decided to cancel the traditional ‘Rash Mela’ festival in Dublar Char in the Sundarbans area sensing adverse impact of cyclone Bulbul, reports The Daily Star.
The three-day Rash Mela was scheduled for November 10 in Alorkol area of Dublar Char but this year it will not be held on safety ground.
Pradip Basu, general secretary of the mela organising committee, said, they have taken all necessary preparation to celebrate festival but they were denied permission from the authorities concern due to the unfavourable weather.
However, pujas and other religious programmes on this occasion will be held like the previous year, Basu said.
Meanwhile, Azizul Haque Joarder, Khulna district Relief and Rehabilitation officer said an emergency meeting held at 4pm, reports UNB Khulna correspondent.
A total 338 cyclone shelters were kept ready while hundreds of volunteers are ready in Dacope and Koyra upazilas to face any situation, he added.
UNB Bhola correspondent reports: Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Masud Alam Siddique in an emergency meeting informed that 668 shelter centres, eight control rooms, 39 Mujib Kellas were kept ready in the district while 92 medical teams and 13,000 volunteers are ready to face possible disaster.
Sufficient dry food were preserved for people, the DC said adding that the district administration has cancelled the weekly holidays of the officials.
Our Satkhira correspondent reports: Deputy Commissioner Md Badiuzzaman said a number of 137 shelter centers were prepared for tackling the situation while the volunteers have been asking people of Shyamnagar, Ashashuni and Kaliganj upazilas to take shelter in safe areas.
The district administration has called an emergency disaster preparedness meeting at 7pm yesterday.
Bagerhat Deputy Commissioner Mamunur Rashid said the district administration has decided to suspend the traditional ‘Rash Mela’ festival in Dublar Char in the Sundarbans for safety reasons.
A number of ten control rooms were opened in nine upazilas and in district headquarters while 234 cyclone shelters were kept ready where 2.26 lakh people of the coastal area can stay safety, reports UNB Bagerhat correspondent.
Medical teams, Fire Brigade, Red Crescent members and volunteers are ready to tackle any situation, the DC added.