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Cyclone ‘Yash’ coming, Satkhira discusses disaster preparedness

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A low-pressure is likely to form over East Central Bay of Bengal by Saturday afternoon which will gradually intensify into a super cyclonic storm called ‘Yash.’

The super cyclone may cross Satkhira-Khulna coasts of Bangladesh by May 26 after through Odisha and West Bengal coasts of India, said the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) on Friday.

Sea conditions will remain rough in the Bay of Bengal from May 21 onward. Fishermen have also been warned against venturing into the sea from May 21 onward. Those at sea are advised to return to safety before May 23.

According to the weather experts at the BMD, the mid-range cyclone will cross the Satkhira-Khulna coasts with a wind speed of 120km to 150km per hour.

However, they have cautioned that the cyclone ‘Yash’–though less powerful and catastrophic–may cause widespread damage when it will cross Satkhira-Khulna coast with tidal surges up to 10 feet to 12 feet high.

The super cyclone is likely to enter through the Sunderbans and bring heavy to very heavy rainfall in parts of the South Bengal. Through West Bengal the cyclone ‘Yash’ is likely to enter Bangladesh.

According to different weather forecasting centres of the world, the Super Cyclone ‘Yash’ is likely to enter Bangladesh from the West Bengal coast sometime between the midnight of May 25 and the evening of May 26. The cyclone will hit the Satkhira-Khulna coast.

Meanwhile, Satkhira District Disaster Management Committee held an emergency meeting on Friday to deal with the super cyclone ‘Yash.’

With Satkhira deputy commissioner SM Mostofa Kamal, the meeting was held at the DC’s conference room at 3:00pm.

Joining through the virtual platform ‘zoom,’ Mir Mostaque Ahmed Robi MP of Satkhira-2 constituency and Advocate Mustafa Lutfullah MP of Satkhira-1 constituency spoke at the meeting.

They discussed in detail about the advanced preparations to deal with the cyclone ‘Yash.’

DC SM Mostofa Kamal said there are 145 cyclone shelters in Satkhira district. Besides, 1,500 schools, colleges and other educational institutions have been kept prepared. “We have 183 metric tons of foodgrains in stock and Tk 2.15 crore in hand for providing cash support,” he said.

Besides, there are adequate quantity of water purification tablets and water tanks. Police, Ansar, BGB and Health Department are ready. The district administration will be able to face the disaster remaining alert like the past, Mostofa Kamal said.

Satkhira civil surgeon Dr Husayn Shafayat, municipal mayor Tajkin Ahmed Chisty, Satkhira NSI deputy director Zakir Hossain, additional police super (Admn) Sajib Khan, Satkhira Water Development Board (Division-1) executive engineer Abul Khair and WDB (Division-2) official Rashedul Islam, among others, were present at the meeting.

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