Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | ePaper

'Titli' intensified into severe cyclonic storm; Signal 4 at maritime ports

  • Print


BIWTA on Wednesday suspended the operation of all types of water transport across the country due to formation of cyclonic storm Titli over the Bay. This photo was taken on Wednesday.



Cyclonic storm 'Titli' intensified into a severe cyclonic storm on Wednesday with a 'Core of Hurricane Wind ' over West-Central Bay and adjoining Northwest Bay.
The maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra were advised to keep hoisted distant cautionary signal No 4, said a Met Office special bulletin. At 6pm, it was centering about 880 km southwest of Chattogram port, 850 kms southwest of Cox's Bazar port, 720 kms southwest of Mongla port and 740 km southwest of Payra port, according to the bulletin. It is likely to intensify further and move in a north/northwesterly direction. The maximum sustained wind speed within 44 km of the severe cyclone Centre is about 120 kph rising to 140 kph in gusts/squalls. The sea will remain very rough near the system centre.
All the fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice. Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) suspended the operation of all types of water vessels across the country due to the formation of cyclonic storm.
BIWTA public relations officer Mobarak Hossain said plying of launches, ferries and speedboats will remain suspended on all the waterways throughout the country until further notice.
According to UNB's Chattogram correspondent, loading and unloading of goods from ships remain suspended at the outer anchorage of the Chittagong seaport since Wednesday morning as cyclonic storm 'Titli' intensified into a severe cyclonic storm over the West-Central Bay and adjoining area.
Md Omar Faruk, secretary of the port authority, said the activities at the outer anchorage remained suspended since 10 am following the adverse weather. However, the activities at jetty container remained normal.
Deputy Commissioner of Bagerhat Tapan Kumar Biswas said all the upazila nirbahi officers (UNOs) have been kept alert, while control rooms opened in all the upazilas. According to a report received from UNB's Khulna correspondent, a meeting of the district disaster management committee was held at the DC's conference room at noon. The meeting was informed that 242 shelter centers and medical teams have kept ready to face the possible disaster. Besides, Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) cancelled all the leaves of its officials and employees in different parts of the country. At an official order signed by BWDB deputy secretary (administration) Obaidul Islam directed all the officials and employees to remain present at their workplaces on holidays, too.

More News For this Category

 Amend 9 sections of Digital Security Act

Amend 9 sections of Digital Security Act

Staff Reporter :Editors' Council on Monday demanded amendments to nine sections of the newly enacted Digital Security Act, which the council feared to be misused to gag the media.The council

Mahbub walks out of EC meet again on protest

Mahbub walks out of EC meet again on protest

Staff Reporter :Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder has, once again, walked out of an Election Commission (EC) meeting after submitting a 'note of dissent'.While walking out of the meeting 10 minutes

Complaint filed against Zafrullah over remarks on Army Chief

An army officer has filed a general diary against Zafrullah Chowdhury, the leader of a professional group supporting the BNP, over 'false, targeted and treasonous' remarks he made about the

Cabinet gives go-ahead to draft Broadcast Bill

The Cabinet on Monday approved in principle the draft Broadcast Bill 2018 with a provision to form a seven-member Broadcast Commission to provide licences to broadcast media, including online ones,

20-party welcomes Jatiya Oikya Front: BNP

Leaders of the BNP-led 20-party alliance on Monday welcomed the new opposition alliance, Jatiya Oikya Front.BNP standing committee member and 20-party coordinator Nazrul Islam Khan came up with the remark

 Underemployment main challenge

Underemployment main challenge

Special Correspondent :Underemployment has become the main challenge amid growing labour force of the country, former Advisor to Caretaker Government Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman has said.He said the issue of

8 including college teacher killed in road crashes

Staff Reporter :At least eight persons were killed and several others injured in separate road crashes across the country on Sunday night and Monday.In Dhaka, three people, including two friends,

Jatiya Oikya Front formed with FFs to defeat evil forces: BNP

BNP senior leader Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury on Monday said Jatiya Oikya Front was formed with the leaders who had contributions to the Liberation War to defeat the evil forces."Bangladesh's

A hand washing festival was inaugurated by Local Govt and Cooperative Ministry at Osmani Memorial Auditorium marking the Hand Washing Day on Monday.

A hand washing festival was inaugurated by Local Govt and Cooperative Ministry at Osmani Memorial Auditorium marking the Hand Washing Day on Monday.

AL happy at B Chy's exclusion, but keeps eye on Oikyo Front

Staff Reporter :The ruling Awami League is confident of victory in the next general elections, Eventually happy at the former President Badruddoza Chowdhury's exclusion from the new opposition coalition named