Dhaka – More than 50,000 coastal residents have moved to shelters as a category 1 cyclone heading towards Bangladesh’ southeastern coastal district, officials said on Monday.
The government has prepared the cyclone shelters to accommodate as many as 500,000 people living in the low-laying areas and offshore islands in 19 coastal districts after the met office issued warning of maximum level.
The cyclonic storm, Mora, having wind speed 89 to 117 kilometers per hour wining 64 kilometers of its center was less than 300 kilometers south-west of southernmost Bangladeshi district of Cox’s Bazar.
The cyclone is expected to make its landfall at the coast of Cox’s Bazar in the morning and also likely to sweep the country’s main port city of Chittagong.
The storm was intensifying as it was approaching Bangladesh, most part of which is likely to experience gusty wind along with thunder showers.
Maritime ports in Chittagong and Cox’s bazaar was asked to hoist great danger signal no. 10 while Mongla and Payra were asked to hoist danger signal no. 8, according to a special weather bulletin.
Coastal districts of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars will also come under the “Great Danger Signal” no. 10, meteorologist Ruhul Kuddus said.
Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barisal, Pirozpur, Jhalokathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands will come under the “Great Danger Signal” no. 8.
The Relief and Disaster Management Ministry in Dhaka at a meeting decided to relocate the vulnerable people in the coastal districts to safety.
The meeting decided to open disaster monitoring control rooms in every upazila. Adequate dry-food and medical supply were kept available, as per the meeting, said an official adding that medical terms were also alerted.
Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong Zillur Rahman Chowdhury said that volunteers using megaphones warned the residents in the coastal district to go to the shelters.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority has suspended all vessels in the river route until further notice, Joynal Abedin, joint director of BIWTA said.
Flight operation to and from Chittagong airport will remain suspended from Tuesday morning.