Bangladesh seaports on alert

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: The seaports – Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Mongla – have been declared on alert in Bangladesh with the forecast of a Nor’wester, locally known as Kalboishakhi, according to Met office from Dhaka. Rapid winds between 60 to 80 kilometers per hour may sweep through sixteen districts, according to the weather forecast yesterday from the Meteorology Department.

It has asked the ports to hoist the cautionary signal number three. The authorities also have been asked to put warning signal number three in the sea ports at Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Mongla.

Fishing vessels and trawlers have been asked to keep near the safety of the coast until further directions, official said.

Rain and storm winds have swept through different parts of the country including Cox’s Bazar, and Dhaka yesterday.

The gusty winds also destroyed hundreds of locals’ houses and many shacks of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar yesterday. But, four people, including two women, were killed in separate lightning strikes in different places of the Cox’s Bazar district yesterday.

The forecast said storm winds may sweep through Bangladesh’s coastal areas and ports in and adjacent to the north of Bay of Bengal.

Many refugees say, refugees of unregistered camps have been passing their lives in bad condition since yesterday.

Sources also said that the communication is being cut off along the border area.

Besides, a local elder from Arakan State told that the stormy winds also hit to the northern Arakan State yesterday at about 11:00 pm and they didn’t get any information of casualties.

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