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More than 200 tourists stranded on Saint Martin's Island

  • Published at 10:18 pm October 22nd, 2020
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File photo of the shoreline of St Martin’s Island, locally known as 'Narikel Jinjira,' which is internationally recognized territory of Bangladesh Syed Zakir Hossain/ Dhaka Tribune

The local administration stopped the movement of all types of vessels in Teknaf, Cox's Bazar, by hoisting warning signal 3 earlier on Wednesday

More than 200 tourists have been stranded on Saint Martin's Island for the last two days due to hostile weather caused by a mild pressure in the Bay of Bengal.

The tidal waves, which have risen a few feet above the normal level and lashed the coastal areas,  have forced the tourists who went to the island on Tuesday and Wednesday to remain stranded there.

Due to the harsh weather, the local administration has suspended the movement of all types of vessels in Teknaf, Cox's Bazar, by hoisting warning signal 3 earlier on Wednesday, according to Tarek Mahmud, incharge of Saint Martin’s police outpost.

Owing to the rough weather, the tourist ship Karnaphuli Express has not made any trips to the island since Tuesday, leaving tourists in a difficult situation, Mahmud said.

“All communications on the Teknaf-St Martin's route has been suspended since Tuesday to avoid any risky incidents as the sea is rough," said Saiful Islam, upazila nirbahi officer of Teknaf.

"Local police, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), coast guard and union parishad members have been asked to take care of the stranded tourists," he added.

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