The cyclonic storm ‘Roanu’ is likely to intensify and move in a north-northeasterly direction before making the landfall on Barisal, Chittagong coasts by Saturday afternoon or evening, reports news agency UNB.
The maritime port of Chittagong has been asked to hoist danger signal No 7 while that of Cox’s Bazar danger signal No 6 and Mongla and Payra danger signal No 7 as cyclonic storm ‘Roanu’ have been moving north-northeastward over the North bay and adjoining west-central bay, met office sources said.
At 06:00pm on Friday, it was centred about 860km southwest of Chittagong port, 840km southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 675km southwest of Mongla port and 705km southwest of Payra port.
The maximum sustained wind speed within 54km of the cyclone centre is about 62kph rising to 88 kph in gusts or squalls. The sea will remain very rough near the cyclone centre.
The coastal districts of Chittagong, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barisal, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal number seven.
The coastal districts of Cox’s Bazar and its offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal number six.
Under the influence of the cyclonic storm ‘Roanu’ the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barisal, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by storm surge of 4-5 feet height above normal astronomical tide.
The coastal districts of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barisal, Bhola, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to experience wind speed up to 62-88 kph in gusts or squalls with heavy to very falls during the passage of the storm.
All fishing boats and trawlers over North bay and deep sea have been advised to take shelter immediately and remain in shelter till further notice.
Meanwhile, Chittagong Port authorities have asked the lighter vessels to move to safer places to avoid any casualties during the cyclone.
On the other hand, ships staying in the outer anchorage have been asked to take necessary preparation to face the cyclone.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has already issued order suspend until further notice the operations of vessels on all waterways throughout the country.
Besides, the district administration of Chittagong has taken several steps to ensure protection against the cyclone Roanu.
Scores of schools and colleges in Anwara, Banshkhali, Sitakunda, Shwandip and Mirersarai upazilas can be used as the cyclone shelter centre, according to officials of the district administration.
In Mongla, port authorities have asked the lighter and bigger vessels and all types water vehicles to move to the safer place ahead of the cyclone Roanu.
Meanwhile, loading and unloading activities in the port were stopped from Friday noon.
The district administration has already opened a control room as part of its preparation to face the cyclone, said deputy commissioner Nazmul Ahsan.
At least 15 volunteers have been appointed in every ward of Koyra and Dakope upazilas to take the people to the shelter centers.
In Bagerhat, 16 cyclone shelter centers have opened while all government and semi-government employees of the district have been asked not to leave their offices until further notice.
In Noakhali, the district administration has opened 243 shelter centres in five upazilas, including Hatiya, Companyganj, and Subarnachar, and people are being urged to take shelter in the centres through loudspeakers, deputy commissioner Badre Monir Ferdous told UNB.
Meanwhile, they kept dry foods and pure water reserved for addressing the disaster, he said.
In Cox’s Bazar, 516 cyclone shelter centers have been opened in various point of the district as nearly five lakh people may take shelter there, said Deputy Commissioner M Ali Hossain.
Besides, 6, 210 volunteers have been appointed in the coastal areas to take the people to the shelter centres.