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Preparations complete to face cyclone Remal in Khulna

Published : Sunday, 26 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 83

Preparations complete to face cyclone Remal in Khulna

Preparations complete to face cyclone Remal in Khulna

KHULNA, May 25: District administration has taken up massive preparations to cope with any eventuality of the severe cyclone Remal that might hit the coastal belts of Bangladesh tomorrow.

As an impact of the severe cyclone, many parts of Khulna may be inundated with high tides, according to the forecast of the Meteorological Department.

The Khulna District Development and Coordination Committee in an emergency meeting held at the deputy commissioners conference room on Saturday, chaired by Deputy Commissioner Khondokar Yasir Arefin, decided keeping standby medical teams with adequate relief materials including drinking water and dry food items in all shelter centres during pre- and post-cyclone situation.

Heads of various district-level departments and all Upazila Nirbahi Officers joined the meeting.

While talking to the Observer, DC Arefin on Saturday said, necessary steps have already been taken so that people and their livestock near coastal areas can safely take refuge in the cyclone shelters.

He said, a total of 604 cyclone shelter centres and three Mujib Kella have been opened in all coastal upazilas of the district so that people can take shelter there.

Leaves of all officials, employees, doctors and nurses have been cancelled and kept them standby to face any eventuality of the cyclonic storm, he added.

Over 5,280 volunteers including members of the Red Crescent Society, 168 medical teams with health workers have taken preparation to cope with the upcoming disasters, he said, adding, "Announcement through loudspeakers about the cyclone awareness begins today in all coastal areas and it will be continued till further notice."

All UNOs and local public representatives will take people to cyclone shelters after hoisting Danger Signal 7 by the Department of Weather.

He said safe drinking water, and dry foods have been sent to the coastal areas, and cash aids are ready for distribution.

"Special preparations have been taken for three more risky coastal upazilas like Koyra, Paikgacha and Dakop in the district," he added. The authorities concerned and agencies will monitor the pre and post-cyclonic situation.

Meanwhile, all fishing boats and trawlers over the Bay of Bengal have been asked to take shelter at the Mongla Port jetty and coastal areas till further notice.

Loading and unloading have been cancelled, and all ships and vessels have also been asked to take shelter at the port jetty after hoisting Danger Signal 7, said Md Makruzzaman, deputy director of Public Relation of Mongla Port Authority on Saturday.

The MPA also asked all concerned to ensure safe drinking water at all ships, vessels and to turn school and colleges as cyclone shelters, he said.

The decision was taken at a meeting held in the MPA auditorium with Chairman Rear Admiral Shaheen Rahman in the chair.

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