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Cyclone Remal: Tourists leave Cox's Bazar, residents move to shelters

  • Cyclone currently located 360km southwest of Cox's Bazar seaport
  • It may strike at 120km/h
Update : 26 May 2024, 03:48 PM

Tourists visiting Cox's Bazar have been prohibited from entering the sea as Cyclone Remal approaches while some tourists have already left the area.

According to weather reports, Cyclone Remal is heading towards the coast, currently located 360km southwest of Cox's Bazar seaport, and may strike at a speed of 120km/h, meteorologists say.

The latest message from the Meteorological Department has asked Chittagong and Cox's Bazar seaports to show danger signal number 9.

The impact of Remal has started in Cox's Bazar since Saturday afternoon, with drizzling rain and wind, but no stormy weather has been reported yet. Some coastal residents have moved to shelters.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has announced the suspension of flights from Cox's Bazar due to the cyclone.

Golam Mortuza, manager of Cox's Bazar Airport, said that flight operations have been suspended due to inclement weather and will resume when the situation normalizes.

Tourists are leaving Cox's Bazar, causing a ticket crisis. Bus tickets are scarce, with most long-distance buses fully booked.

Shafiullah, the owner of a ticket counter in Kalatali Dolphin Cross, said: “There is panic among tourists due to Cyclone Remal. They are leaving Cox's Bazar. Most of the long-distance buses are gone. No tickets are available today (Sunday). All tickets are booked. Due to the suspension of air traffic, the demand for tickets has increased.”

The administration is urging people to go to shelters via public announcements in dangerous areas of Cox's Bazar. A total of 638 shelters have been opened, and people have started moving to shelters in Maheshkhali.

Deputy Commissioner of Cox's Bazar Muhammad Shaheen Imran said: “10,800 volunteers, including 8,600 from the Cyclone Preparedness Program (CPP) and 2,200 from the Red Crescent, have been prepared to deal with the disaster. A control room has been opened in the office of the deputy commissioner. All government employees' leave has been cancelled.”

Due to Cyclone Remal, the water level in Saint Martin's Bay of Bengal has risen, and water entered several villages on Saturday night. Islanders have been directed to move to shelters.

Saint Martin Union Parishad Chairman Mujibur Rahman said that the water level in the Bay of Bengal increased with the tide on Saturday night, and islanders are urged to evacuate to shelters.

Assistant Meteorologist of Cox's Bazar Meteorological Office Abdul Hannan said: “Cyclone Remal is located 360km southwest of Cox's Bazar seaport, with wind speeds up to 130km/h. Landslides may occur in some hilly areas of Cox's Bazar due to heavy rains. Everyone is advised to stay safe.”

So far, no damage has been reported in Cox's Bazar district.

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