Bangladesh - Cyclone Information Report No.1

Report
from UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 09 Nov 1995
DHA-GENEVA 95/0517
UNDP/DHA RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS:

1.THE STORM WARNING CENTRE OF THE BANGLADESH METEOROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT ISSUED SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN NO. 12 AT 14:30 HRS LOCAL TIME TODAY, THE CONTENTS OF WHICH IS SUMMARIZED BELOW.

2.SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM MAY CROSS WEST BENGAL-BANGLADESH (SUNDARBAN) COAST BY MIDNIGHT TODAY. ITS PERIPHERAL GUSTY WINDS HAVE ALREADY AFFECTED THE COASTAL REGION OF BANGLADESH STARTING THIS AFTERNOON. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS WITHIN 74 KM OF THE CYCLONE CENTRE ARE ABOUT 120 KPH RISING TO 140 KPH IN GUSTS.

3.UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF THE CYCLONIC STORM, THE COASTAL DISTRICTS OF SATKHIRA, KHULNA, BAGERHAT, PEROJPUR, BARGUNA, BARISAL, PATUAKHALI AND BHOLA MAY EXPERIENCE SOUTH-SOUTHEASTERLY WINDS WITH GUSTS OF 80-90 KPH WITH VERY HEAVY RAIN. LOW LYING AREAS OF THESE DISTRICTS AND THEIR OFF-SHORE ISLANDS ARE LIKELY TO BE INUNDATED BY A STORM SURGE OF 8-12 FEET ABOVE NORMAL ASTRONOMICAL TIDE.

4.THE COASTAL DISTRICTS OF NOAKHALI, FENI, LAXMIPUR, CHANDPUR, CHITTAGONG AND COX'S BAZAR MAY EXPERIENCE SOUTH-SOUTHEASTERLY GUSTY/SQUALLY WIND SPEED OF 60-80 KPH WITH MODERATELY HEAVY RAIN.

5.THE MINISTRY OF DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND RELIEF HELD AN EMERGENCY MEETING THIS MORNING TO REVIEW THE SITUATION. TWO EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRES (ONE AT THE MINISTRY AND ONE AT THE DISASTER MANAGEMENT BUREAU) HAVE BEEN OPENED WHICH WILL FUNCTION AROUND THE CLOCK IN COLLECTING AND DISSEMINATING INFORMATION.

6.THE CYCLONE PREPAREDNESS CENTRE OF THE BANGLADESH RED CRESCENT SOCIETY HAS STARTED EVACUATING PEOPLE FROM THE OFFSHORE ISLANDS AND ACROSS THE CYCLONE PROTECTION EMBANKMENTS. ALL FISHING BOATS AND TRAWLERS IN THE BAY HAVE BEEN ADVISED TO IMMEDIATELY RETURN TO THE SHORE AND TAKE SHELTER.

7.UNDP/DHA RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE IS CLOSELY MONITORING THE SITUATION.

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