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Depression likely to intensify into cyclone

Get prepared to face the possible natural disaster


Bangladeshpost
Published : 22 Oct 2023 09:42 PM

Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) in a special bulletin says the well-marked low over southeast Bay and adjoining area has intensified into a depression over west central Bay and adjoining area.

And the depression is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm, it predicts. It was centred about 1040 km west-southwest of Chattogram port at 6 am on Sunday, 985 km west- southwest of Cox's Bazar port, 935 km southwest of Mongla port and 925 km southwest of Payra port, according to the special bulletin. So, the government should fully be prepared to face the possible natural disaster if it intensifies into a severe cyclonic storm. All government officials concerned including deputy commissioners, upazila nirbahi officers, upazila and union parishad chairmen, members and volunteers of different organisations, including Red Crescent Society, must take all- out preparations in advance in the coastal belts.

Besides, local lawmakers will also have to work hard to protect the people and their property at their respective constituencies from the possible impact of the storm. The ministry of disaster management and relief will also have to maintain constant communication with local administration and potentially vulnerable districts in order to take preparation in advance.

People must remain 

cautious and aware to reduce risks of 

natural calamities

 as depression 

is likely to intensify into a cyclone

The low-lying areas of the coastal districts and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by the wind-driven tidal surge under the perepheral effect of the cyclone. Therefore, the ministries concerned will have to continuously carry out strict surveillance on the cyclonic storm and they will be continued till the end of the disaster after landing on the coast.

Besides, they must shift the people to the flood shelter center. All the cyclone shelter centers will also have to be kept ready. People must remain cautious and aware to reduce risks of natural calamities as depression is likely to intensify into a cyclone and may approach nearer. Besides, as the coastal people are vulnerable to disasters, an integrated coordination among government and nongovernment agencies is a must in this regard. We think as the early warning system has been developed, people living in coastal areas before, during and after can protect their lives and property from cyclonic storm or natural disaster if they remain alert abiding by all instructions.