Dhaka, Bangladesh
All preparations set in Khulna to face 'Bulbul'

All preparations set in Khulna to face 'Bulbul'

KHULNA, Nov 9: Khulna and Bagerhat District Administrations, Mongla Port Authority, Bangladesh Navy, Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) of Mongla West Zone have taken massive preparations to cope with any eventuality of the cyclonic storm 'Bulbul' as danger-signal 10 was issued of the coastal belt Khulna and Mongla Port area. Moreover, the coastal districts of Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars have been advised to keep hoisted the danger-signal 10 while cyclone 'Bulbul' is advancing west-central Bay and adjoining east-central Bay and moved northwards over the same area with massive intensity. As part of the preparations, over three lakh coastal people were already taken to the 800 cyclone shelter centers in the three coastal districts - Khulna, Bagerhat and Satkhira. The district administration in an emergency meeting on Friday, chaired by Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Helal Hossain, decided to keep standby medical teams with adequate relief materials including drinking water and dry foods in all shelter centres during pre-and post- cyclone situation. "Leaves of all public officials and employees of the district have been cancelled and kept them standby to face any eventuality of the cyclonic storm," DC Helal said. District Disaster and Relief Officer Md Azizul Islam Joyardar addressed another emergency meeting on Friday afternoon, organised by district disaster management committee, while Acting Divisional Commissioner Subash Chandra Saha presided over it. Around 2,460 volunteers including members of Red Crescent Society, 114 medical team with health workers have already prepared to cope with the upcoming disasters and 16 control rooms have been set up, Azizul Islam said, adding, "Announcement through loud speakers about the cyclone awareness began yesterday in all coastal areas and it will be continued until further notice." "Five members committee has been formed to monitor the pre and post cyclonic situation at the coastal area in Khulna district," he said, adding that pure drinking water, dry foods have been sent to the coastal areas and Taka seven lakh in cash is ready for distribution. "Special preparations have been taken four more risky coastal upazilas like Koyra, Paipgacha, Dakop and Botiaghata in the district," he added. Under the influence of Cyclonic storm Bulbul, the activities of Mongla Port Authority (MPA) have already stopped, said acting chairman and also member (Finance) of MPA Yasmin Afsana while talking to BSS this morning. The vessels, anchored at the jetties, are being taken to the safer places especially in outer anchorage with a view to protecting the jetties from any impending destruction likely to be caused by the cyclone, she said. In the backdrop of hoisting maritime port Mongla signal number 10, all fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice, she added, reports BSS. The authorities have also postponed to holding Rash Mela which schedule to begin on November 10 in Dublar Char area near the Sundarbans.

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