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Cyclone Bulbul: People asked to go to shelters by 2pm

  • Published at 03:26 pm November 9th, 2019
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First responders call people to take shelter at cyclone centers at Hatiya of Noakhali on Saturday, November 9, 2019 Focus Bangla

Altogether, 55,515 volunteers working in 41 upazilas have been alerting people

State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman has advised the people of 13 coastal districts to come to cyclone shelters by 2pm. 

He urged the media and mobile operators to publish and broadcast this information at a briefing at the Secretariat on Saturday. 

The state minister said holidays of the government officials of 13 coastal districts were cancelled as the very severe cyclonic storm is expected to hit Bangladesh in the evening, reports UNB. 

At the same time, three holidays of the Ministry and Disaster Management Department were cancelled, he added. 

“The government has taken adequate measures to face very severe cyclonic storm ‘Bulbul’,” he said, adding that necessary steps have been taken to ensure that people and livestock in the coastal areas can be safely moved to cyclone shelters.

Enamur said all deputy commissioners and upazila nirbahi officers were advised to bring the people to shelters.

Altogether, 55,515 volunteers working in 41 upazilas have been alerting people.  

The state minister said 14,000 packets of dry food, Tk70 lakh and 1,400 metric tons rice have been allocated to the people of Khulna, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola and Pirojpur districts.

Meanwhile, 600 metric tons of rice and Tk30 lakh have been allocated to the people of Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar districts.

Armed Forces Division was advised to be prepared and take necessary steps to tackle any situation.