Published:  12:18 AM, 10 November 2019

Water transports stopped in Barishal

Water transports stopped in Barishal Operation of all kinds of water transports plying to and from Barishal River Port have been suspended due to Cyclone Bulbul. -AA

The residents of  shoal (Char) area, islands and remote areas of different upazilas of Barishal division have been asked to go to take shelters at Cyclone Shelter wit in 2 :00 pm, Muhammad Yamin Chowdhury Divisional Commissioner, Barishal confirmed this.

We asked all residents in vulnerable areas to go to shelter within 2:00 pm, because at evening severe cyclone `Bulbul' may hit region, he added.

`Our 2114 cyclone shelters in the division are ready to give shelters at least 17 lakhs people. However till this report only about 20 thousand people have been evacuated and sheltered in cyclone shelters under in Patuakhali and Bhola district. If any one denies to take shelter at cyclone shelters, would be forced to send him there, he added. Operation of all water transports plying from Barishal River Port have been suspended, confirmed BIWTA, joint director and port officer Ajmol Huda Mithu.

Barishal City Corporation and Barishal district administration announced their preparedness to respond all necessary rescue and relief activities, said SM Ajiar Rahman, deputy commissioner and Serniabad Sadik Abdullah, BCC mayor. All education institution asked to give shelters to distressed people and 317 medical teams and personals of fire service naval force and coast guard also alert fully and ready to respond any emergency call, they said.

Abdur Rashid , Deputy Director of Cyclone Preparedness Program (CPP)  Barishal Said  their 55,000 volunteers have been kept alert and ready in 40 Upazila of coastal region to respond immediately to any distress call.

Deputy Commissioner, Barishal SM Ajiar Rahman told that they already ordered to Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) to prepare about facing Cyclone Bulbul.

 We directed to union chairman of all Upazilas to take preparations for facing the cyclone. Fishermen asked not to ply boats in coastal and rough river routes and take safe shelters near shore immediately. At least 200 metric tons rice allotted for the district responding relief need due to this cyclone, DC Barishal added.

Mid to heavy raining in the area since last 24 hours crossed more than 45 ml till this report at 4:00 PM, said Anisur Rahman, senor observer of Barishal weather office.

---Masuk Kamal, Barishal

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