The government is taking all kinds of preparatory measures to tackle cyclone 'Fani'. As part of that, the authorities have canceled movement of all kind water vessels the inland river route of Barisal to avert any untoward loss.
Ajmal Huda Sarkar Mithu, deputy director of the Department of Shipping and Traffic Management of BIWTA and Barishal river port officer, confirmed the matter at 11am on Thursday (May 2).
He said all the vessels would remain suspended till further notice.
Coastal districts of Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal number seven, the weather office said.
Maritime ports in Chattogram have been asked to hoist danger signal number six. This danger signal is also effective for coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur and their offshore islands.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has already canceled all kind of leave of its officials and employees.
An emergency inter-ministerial meeting was called for 5 pm on Thursday at the Ministry of Disaster and Relief.
BDST: 1300 HRS, MAY 2, 2019 RS/SMS
Bangladesh Meteorological Department: Special Weather Bulletin No. 25
THE VERY SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM “FANI” [ECP: 970 hPa] (PRONOUNCIATION: FONI) OVER WESTCENTRAL BAY AND ADJOINING AREA MOVED NORTHWARDS FURTHER OVER THE SAME AREA (LAT. 14.8°N, LONG. 83.9°E) AND WAS CENTRED AT 06 PM TODAY (1ST MAY 2019) ABOUT 1205 KM SOUTHWEST OF CHATTOGRAM PORT, 1160 KM SOUTHWEST OF COX’S BAZAR PORT, 1060 KM SOUTHWEST OF MONGLA PORT AND 1070 KM SOUTHWEST OF PAYRA PORT. IT IS LIKELY TO INTENSIFY FURTHER AND MOVE IN A NORTH /NORTHEASTERLY DIRECTION.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WIND SPEED WITHIN 74 KMS OF THE STORM CENTRE IS ABOUT 160 KPH RISING TO 180 KPH IN GUSTS/ SQUALLS. SEA WILL REMAIN VERY HIGH NEAR THE CYCLONE CENTRE.
MARITIME PORTS OF CHATTOGRAM, COX’S BAZAR, MONGLA AND PAYRA HAVE BEEN ADVISED TO KEEP HOISTED LOCAL WARNING SIGNAL NO. FOUR (R) LOCAL WARNING SIGNAL NO. FOUR.
ALL FISHING BOATS AND TRAWLLERS OVER NORTH BAY AND DEEP SEA HAVE BEEN ADVISED TO REMAIN CLOSE TO THE COAST AND PROCEED WITH CAUTION SO THAT THEY CAN TAKE SHELTER WITHIN SHORT NOTICE. THEY ARE ALSO ADVISED NOT TO VENTURE INTO THE DEEP SEA.