Dhaka, May 21: Season’s first cyclonic storm Roanu is now crossing the Bangladesh’s coasts with a wind speed of 62 km per hour which rising to 88 km per hour in gusts and squalls.
Meanwhile, disaster management and relief minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury on Saturday briefed reporters about their preparation.
According to met office latest updates, maximum sustained wind speed within 54 km of the cyclone centre is about 62 km per hour rising to 88 km per hour in gusts and squalls.
Danger signal number seven for the seaports of Chittagong, Mangla and Payra as well for the coastal districts Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Bhola, Borguna, Patuakhali, Barisal, Pirozpur, Jhalokathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira, while danger signal number six for the seaport in the beach town of Cox’s Bazar.
According to the special bulletin, the coastal areas might be inundated by storm surge of 4-5 feet height above normal tide.
Casualties and damages
At least six people have died and over 50 injured in coastal Bangladesh as strong winds have left hundreds of houses damaged and trees uprooted. Two deaths have been reported each from Bhola and Chittagong while another from Patuakhali.
In Patuakhali, over 300 families have been waterlogged as strong tidal waves caused the damn in Rangabali to break. Road communications have been disrupted after strong winds uprooted trees blocking highways.
Authorities in 14 districts have already shifted about 500,000 people to safer shelters while disaster management teams are on the standby to deal with any adverse situation.
Loading and unloading of the Mongla and Chittagong docks have been closed due to bad weather.
Flight operations have been halted at the Chittagong airport since Saturday morning.
The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has suspended operation of all boats and steamers in country’s inland waterways due to the hostile weather condition.
Ansar and VDP, Cyclone Preparedness Programme committees, Red Crescent Society and other agencies are working in tandem at the Upazilla and Union levels.
All personnel of disaster response teams have been asked to remain present at their designated offices to distribute relief material if needed.