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Met office asked maritime ports of Mongla and Payra to hoist danger signal seven as the very severe cyclonic storm Bulbul over West-central bay and adjoining East-central bay moved Northwards and intensified further.
The cyclone is likely to intensify further and move in a North/Northeasterly direction and may cross West Bengal- Khulna coast near the Sunderbans by Saturday evening, said a special bulleting of Bangladesh Meteorological Department.
At 6:00pm Friday it was centred about 620 kilometres Southwest of Chattogram port, 585 km Southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 495 km Southwest of Mongla port and 490 km Southwest of Payra port.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 74 kms of the very severe cyclone centre is about 120 kph rising to 140 kph in gusts/squalls. Sea will remain very high near the very severe cyclone centre.
Maritime ports of Mongla and Payra were asked hoist danger signal seven.
Coastal districts of Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal seven.
Maritime port of Chattogram was asked hoist danger signal six. Coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal six.
Maritime port of Cox’s Bazar was hoist local warning signal four.
Under the influence of Bulbul and the moon phase, the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by storm surge of 5-7 feet height above normal astronomical tide.
All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice.
Country’s southwestern coastal districts have taken all-out preparations and kept 1377 cyclone shelters ready.
Cyclone Bulbul has triggered rainfall in the coastal areas of Bagerhat and Khulna. It started raining in several upazilas of the two districts around 9:30am.
Meanwhile, Azizul Haque Joarder, Khulna district relief and rehabilitation officer, said an emergency meeting will be held at 4:00pm.
United News of Bangladesh adds: 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.
Bhola 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.
Satkhira 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 7:00pm on Friday.
Bagerhat deputy commissioner Mamunur Rashid said the district administration has decided to suspend the traditional ‘Rash Mela’ festival in Dublar Char in the Sunderbans 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.
Medical teams, Fire Brigade, Red Crescent members and volunteers are ready to tackle any situation, the DC added.
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