Bangladesh relocating 2.15 million coastal people to cyclone shelters as ‘Roanu’ closes in

The government is relocating over 2.15 million people in 18 coastal districts to cyclone shelters in an effort to avert casualties and minimize damage of storm ‘Roanu’.Water transports across Bangladesh have also been suspended as the Met Office says the cyclone at the Bay of Bengal may make landfall anytime between Saturday noon and evening.
The Department of Disaster Management officials said at a media call on Friday that the relocation started in the afternoon and the authorities had been asked to complete it within 8pm.

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  1. ‘Roanu’ cosses Bangladesh
    Observer Online Desk
    Published :Saturday, 21 May, 2016, Time : 2:34 PM View Count : 2
    Cyclone Roanu is crossing the coast of Bangladesh with a wind speed of 62 km per hour.

    The latest weather bulletin

    # 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.

    # Danger signal number six for the seaport in the beach town of Cox’s Bazar.

    # Coastal areas might be inundated by storm surge of 4-5 feet height above normal tide.

    # Incessant rains might cause landslide in the hilly regions of Chittagong and Sylhet.

    Casualties and damages

    # At least five 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.

    Precautions

    # 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.

    # 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 has suspended operation of all boats and steamers 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.
    – See more at: http://www.observerbd.com/2016/05/21/152519.php#sthash.suRoasTW.dpuf

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