Authorities have been evacuating people from the coastal belts owing to the approaching Cyclone Bulbul which is likely to make landfall in the Sundarbans this afternoon.

Local administrations are making announcements on loudspeakers urging people to move away from the coastal and hilly areas and move to cyclone shelters, our Chattogram, Shathkhira and Pirojpur correspondents report.

In Chattogram, 489 shelter centers have been opened while 4,000 educational institutions also kept ready for the people who are being evacuated.

In the city, authorities are mainly focusing on evacuating people from Bandar, Agrabad and Patenga areas, all of which lies on the coastal belt.

Announcments are being made on loudspeakers asking people of Sandwip, Anowara, Bashkhali, Sitakunda, Mirsarai upazilas to evacuate their homes and move to shelters, our Chattogram correspondent reports quoting Kamal Hossain, additional deputy commissioner (general) of Chattogram.

Government officials and red crescent staff are involved in the evacuation process.

Meanwhile, 485 medical teams have been formed to provide services during the crisis moment.

In Shathkhira, residents of Shyamnagar and Ashashuni upazilas have been asked to leave their residences by 11:00am today and move to shelter centers.

Bangladesh met office, in a special bulletin, asked Mongla and Payra ports to hoist great danger signal-10 as cyclone Bulbul is approaching towards the country’s coastal belt and is likely to make landfall on the Sundarbans in the afternoon.

It advised to hoist great danger signal No 10 for nine coastal districts in the region while danger signal No 9 for the maritime port of Chattogram and five nearby districts.

Besides, the maritime port of Cox’s Bazar has been advised to hoist local warning signal no. 4, according to the bulletin.



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