The extremely severe cyclone is set to hit the country’s coast on Wednesday evening
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that her government is ready to protect the people of the country from cyclone Amphan, which is likely to make to landfall on the costal districts soon.
“We cannot stop this cyclone, but we are taking all necessary measures to protect the lives and properties of the people from this cyclone,” she said during on a videoconference with the National Disaster Management Council (NDMC) from her official residence, Ganabhaban, in Dhaka on Wednesday morning.
She chaired the virtual meeting which was also attended by State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Enamur Rahman, State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and other officials concerned.
According to the press wing of the Prime Minister’s Office, Hasina said it was a tough time for all indeed as the natural disaster is coming when the country is already combating the Covid-19 pandemic.
She said she has already given directions to all concerned people regarding the cyclone and its aftermath, and all committees were working accordingly.
She expressed satisfaction at the overall preparations to face the cyclone and thanked all concerned, including the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry, armed forces, police and local people involved in the process.
“Multipurpose cyclone centres are ready to give shelter,” said the prime minister.
After the meeting, quoting the prime minister, her Press secretary Ehsanul Karim also said around two million people were so far evacuated to the cyclone centres. “As many as 13,241 cyclone shelter centres have been opened to this end.”
Extremely severe cyclone Amphan is set to hit the country’s coast on Wednesday evening, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department’s Storm Warning Center.
In the morning, all major maritime ports were asked to increase the great danger signal number as the cyclone is moving closer to the coast.
For Mongla and Payra ports, great danger signal number 10 was advised, and for Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar, great danger signal number nine.
According to a Met Office special bulletin issued in the morning, the coastal districts of Noakhali, Feni, Chittagong, Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Barguna, Patuakhali and Cox’s Bazar their offshore islands and chars will come under great danger when the cyclone makes landfall.
The bulletin also said the centre of the cyclone has reached within 290 kilometres southwest of Mongla port, 480 km southwest of Chittagong port, 470km southwest of Cox's Bazar port and 320km southwest of Payra port at 9am.