Around 15,000 who were fishing in the Bay have taken shelters at five cyclone shelters in char areas and in several creeks of Sundarbans.
Among them, 8,000 took shelter at the cyclone shelters, Mahamudul Hasan divisional forest officer (DFO) of East Sundarban, told The Daily Star.
Contacted, Kamal Uddin, general manager of Dubla Fisherman Group, said that the fishermen in the area were very worried over the situation.
“They will be in trouble if water level in the sea increases,” Kamal Uddin told our Bagerhat correspondent over phone from Dubla area.
On the other hand, the officials and employees of Forest Department were advised to take shelter. There were 234 cyclone shelters ready in Bagerhat district.
10 ships ready for rescue operation
The Mongla Port authorities have issued the highest alert centering the cyclone.
The unloading of products from 14 commercial vessels waiting at the outer anchorage was suspended, said Harbor Master Commander Fokor Uddin of Mongla Port Authorities.
“We have asked to take all the commercial and lighter vessels to go to shelters,” the harbor master said.
Around 10 operational ships of Bangladesh Coast Guard are ready for carrying out operations to rescue the cyclone effected people.
On the other hand, gusty winds were prevalent along with persistent rain in Mongla and the coastal areas of Sundarbans.
Leaves of all the officials and employees of the port authority have been cancelled. They were always closely monitoring the weather from the control room.