Dhaka, May 20:The government on Friday announced danger signal no. 7 in Chittagong maritime port as cyclone Roanu moved slightly towards north.
Disaster management and relief secretary Shah Kamal announced it at a press briefing held at the department of disaster management and relief in the city’s Mohakhali.
Besides, the maritime port of Cox’s Bazar has been asked to hoist signal no. 6 while signal no. 5 in Mongla and Payra maritime ports, he added.
All fishing boats and trawlers over the north Bay of Bengal and deep sea have been advised to remain stay in safe places until further order.
The government has already cancelled all the leaves of the officials concerned in the port districts and coastal areas.
The maximum sustained wind speed within 54 kms of the storm centre is about 62 kph rising to 88 kph in gusts/squalls. The sea will remain very rough near the cyclone centre.
According to Met office special bulletin number 13, the cyclonic storm ‘roanu’ was centred at 6:00 pm on Friday about 860 kms Southwest of Chittagong port, 840 kms Southwest of Cox’s bazar port, 675 kms Southwest of Mongla port and 705 kms southwest of Payra port.
Meanwhile, the government has taken preparations for the cyclone.
The government has issued directives asking deputy commissioners of 18 coastal districts to prepare for evacuating people to cyclone shelters and keep relief materials ready.
The district administrations in coastlines have also been asked to mobilise nearly 60,000 volunteers trained under the Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) and chart out detailed plans to face the impending disaster by holding emergency coordination meetings.