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Cyclone Midhili likely to make landfall in Bangladesh on Friday

  • Satkhira faces 3-5 feet flood risk
  • 270 shelters prepared
  • Placement of geo bags, necessary repairs underway
Update : 16 Nov 2023, 08:05 PM

The cyclonic storm Midhili is likely to hit the Bangladesh coast on Friday.

The Meteorological Department anticipates a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal to intensify into a cyclonic storm within the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the district administration in Satkhira has implemented comprehensive preparations to address the impact of Cyclone Midhili.

A total of 270 shelters, including various two-storey mosques, solid structures, and numerous educational institutions, have been prepared as alternative shelters in the district.

Additionally, embankment risk points in Assasuni, Shyamnagar, and Kaliganj on the Satkhira coast have been identified, with the placement of geo bags and necessary repairs underway.

Deputy Commissioner Humayun Kabir shared the information during a meeting of the district disaster management committee held at the Satkhira deputy commissioner's office on Thursday afternoon.

Considering the influence of Cyclone Midhili, the deputy commissioner highlighted the potential for heavy rainfall in the coastal area of Satkhira, along with the risk of 3-5 feet tides.

He instructed upazila nirbahi officers to safely relocate people to shelters based on storm signals.

Further directives include the preparation of medical teams, provision of ample dry food and drinking water, readiness of fire service, ambulances, and volunteers for rescue operations during and after disasters in each union.

Close observation and maintenance of dangerous embankments along the coast are also emphasized.

Additionally, 2,980 people in Shyamnagar upazila, 1,020 CPP members in Asashuni upazila, and Red Crescent, along with other volunteer organizations, have been instructed to remain on standby.

Precautionary measures involve the prompt rescue and relocation of affected individuals, prioritizing vulnerable groups such as the disabled, elderly, children, and pregnant women.

Gabura union in Shyamnagar upazila is instructed to prepare speedboats, motor boats/trawlers, and land vehicles as rescue boats.

The fire service and civil defence team members across all upazilas are urged to be ready with necessary equipment and manpower to clear trees and debris post-storm.

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