DHAKA, The government today ordered maximum
preparedness as meteorologists predicted cyclone Fani's landfall by Friday
evening issuing danger signals particularly for two ports along its
southwestern coastlines and kept the armed forces ready for disaster
Directives have been issued asking the administrations of 19 districts
in the coastlines to start evacuating people to safe shelters from 10 am,
disaster management ministry's senior secretary Shah Kamal told a news
briefing, joined as well by state minister for disaster management ministry
Dr Enamur Rahman.
He said over 4,000 cyclone shelters along the coastlines were kept open
for the people to take makeshift refuge while the local authorities took
their possession of the keys of safe installations like schools to be used as
shelters if required.
The state minister urged people to keep them updated following the TV
and radio channels and if required call the helpline dialing 1090.
We have taken very good preparations . . . hope the casualty will be
'zero', the minister told the briefing joined by Prime Minister's principal
secretary Nazibur Rahman and senior officials of health and other concerned
The briefing was told that people would be provided dry food and fresh
water once they reach the shelters while the district administrations by now
were equipped with necessary medicines and other relief materials during the
post disaster phase as well.
Met office director Shamsuddin Ahmed told newsmen at the ministry
conference room that they feared the cyclone to cause four to five feet high
tidal surges and hit the coastlines with an wind speed of 100 to 120
kilometre per hour despite exhausting its maximum wraths in the India's
The briefing came as met office earlier in the afternoon heightened the
warnings for the three seaports across the coastlines with the highest danger
signal no. 7 for Mongla and Payra and 6 for Chattogram in a scale of 10.
Army chief general Aziz Ahmed earlier said the entire troops were
readied for cyclone and post cyclone rescue operations joining hands with
other government and non-government agencies like the Fire Service and Red
Reports from the coastlines said volunteers and the local officials
began to call for evacuation using megaphones while people were preparing
themselves to evacuate their homes to take makeshift refuge in nearby
Authorities today ordered a halt of movement of boats and vessels even
in internal routes as meteorologists described Fani to be the strongest
tropical cyclone in nearly five years in the region as it was barreling
towards 100 million people on India's east coast, causing officials to begin
Meteorologists classified Fani as an extremely severe cyclonic storm
Fani, which is still about over 200 kilometers off the Indian coastline
strengthened rapidly on Monday and Tuesday, becoming the strongest storm to
move through the Bay of Bengal this early in the year since Tropical Cyclone
Nargis in 2008.
Nargis hit Myanmar with winds over 200 kph (124 mph), bringing a
devastating storm surge and flooding rainfall that resulted in more than
100,000 deaths in the country.
Fani too is expected to bring large storm surges and significant wind
damage near the landfall location inundating a vast landmass particularly in
Weather experts said parts of eastern India and Bangladesh could expect
150 to 300 mm (6 to 12 inches) of rain with locally higher amounts regardless
of the intensity.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)