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All preparations taken to face cyclone 'Roanu' in Ctg
Observer Online Desk
Published :Friday, 20 May, 2016,  Time : 7:20 PM  View Count : 23
Chittagong: Administration has taken necessary preparations to cope with any eventuality of the cyclonic storm 'Roanu', that formed over north east Bay.

Chittagong district administration in an emergency meeting this morning has taken brisk preparations comprising all public utility departments and concerned agencies.

The meeting, chaired by Deputy commissioner Mezbah Uddin, decided to keep medical teams standby for reaching relief materials including drinking water and dry food to all shelter centres before and after the cyclone .

Control rooms have been set up at the district level and also in every upazila of the district. The phone number of the control room is 611545.

Cancelling their leave, officials are ordered to keep all the cyclone shelter centres in the district open, said Mezbah Uddin, deputy commissioner of Chittagong and also the chairman of the district's disaster management committee.

"Announcement through loud speakers about the cyclone awareness began on Thursday afternoon and it will continue until further notice," he said.

Around 31,000 people of the coastal upazilas including Sandwip, Banskhali, Anowara, Sitakunda and Mirsari have already taken shelter in 239 shelter centres in the district.

One hundred medical teams with 5,000 health workers, adequate number of volunteers of the Red Crescent society have been kept ready and district administration is monitoring the development round the clock.

Under the influence of Cyclonic 'Roano' loading and unloading activities of the bulk cargoes in the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port have been stopped since this morning as the lighter vessels operations through outer anchorage were stopped due to rough sea, said Sarwar Alam, director (traffic) of Chittagong Port.

However, loading and unloading activities in different jetties of the port remained normal, he also said. All vessels were taken to safer places while lighter vessels were kept near Karnaphuli bridge to avoid any accident.

All the vehicles of Chittagong City Corporation are ready to respond to any emergency call, said Kazi Md Shafiul Alam, Chief Executive Officer of CCC.

The ward councilors are working in the area to inform people and are also coordinating with different voluntary organizations and non government organizations to face the ferocity of the possible attack of the cyclone, he also said.

Chittagong City Corporation has also opened several control rooms to monitor the post and pre cyclonic situation.

According to Chittagong Met Office, the cyclone' Roano' was 1,205 km southeast of Chittagong port at 9 am today. The pace of wind around the cyclone centre was 62 km per hour which was increasing to 88 km per hour.

Cyclone 'Roanu' is likely to cross Chittagong by tomorrow evening, if its present pace of progress continues, said Bishwajit Chowdhury, deputy met officer of Chittagong Met Office.

All ports have been asked to keep the warning signal number seven hoisted.

All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain close to the coast so that they can take shelter within a short notice.

They were also advised not to go to the deep sea.


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