Bangladesh braces for cyclone Fani
Bangladesh is preparing shelters and making post-disaster preparation for the severe cyclonic storm Fani which is likely to hit by tomorrow evening.
So far, the Met Office has raised flag at Mongla and Payra ports to danger level 7. Chattogram port has been asked to hoist danger signal 6.
Meanwhile, in the coastal districts, authorities are preparing for the cyclone that is expected to be accompanied by surging tides and winds up to 180kmph.
Deputy Commissioner SM Mostafa Kamal said 137 government cyclone centres and other non-government shelters have been opened in the district.
Announcements are being made in loudspeakers in the coastal upazilas of Shyamnagar, Ashashuni and Kaliganj, and red flags raised in every union.
Leaves of all government employees have been cancelled for the time being, he said at an emergency press conference this morning.
As emergency aid, 116 metric tons of rice, 3,000 packets of dry and other foods, drinkable water, Tk 1,92,500, and house building materials have been stored up.
Deputy Commissioner Tapan Kumar said, 234 cyclone shelters have been prepared and all the leaves of the government employees have been cancelled.
As preparation, ten medical teams and nine control rooms in each upazila of the district have been opened, he said in an emergency meeting yesterday.
All the employees of Sundarbans unit of The Forest Department have been asked to stay safe. Authorities are evacuating the tourists of Harbaria and Koromjol.
Fire brigade, Red Crescent, law enforcers and volunteers have been told to stay ready, he said.
Khulna district administration has opened a central control room in its office and nine others in nine upazilas of the district.
A total of 250 shelters have been opened and 256 metric tonnes of rice, Tk 3,32,000 in cash, and emergency food supplies are ready for distribution, Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Helal Hossain told our Khulna correspondent.
Concerned officials and volunteers are alert and announcements are being made with necessary instructions regarding food, medicine and medical care, he said.
Apart from these, 114 medical teams have been formed, Civil Surgeon ASM Abdur Razzak said.
The water level of the sea has increased by four to five feet today during high tide, according to Bangladesh Water Development Board sources.
A total of 232 shelters and 10 control rooms have been opened in the district this morning, according to sources at District Relief and Rehabilitation Office.
BIWTA suspended movement of all types of water vessel movement in the district today, reports our local correspondent.