Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) - Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal no three as the depression over East-central Bay and adjoining area moved West northwestwards and lies over the west-central Bay and adjoining area.
It was centred at 9 am on Thursday about 700 kms southwest of Chattogram port, 655 kms southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 580 kms south-southwest of Mongla port and 575 kms south-southwest of Payra port.
It is likely to intensify further and move in a northwesterly direction. Under its influence steep pressure gradient persists over North Bay and adjoining area.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 44 kms of the depression centre is about 40 kph rising to 50 kph in gusts/squalls.
Sea will remain moderate near the depression centre. Squally weather is likely to affect the maritime ports, North Bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh.
All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice. They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.
Cumilla, Sept 20 (UNB) – Hundreds of passengers have been suffering a lot as a 15-kilometre-long long tailback was created on Dhaka-Chattogram highway in Daudkandi upazila since Thursday morning.
The tailback was seen stretching from Hasanpur in Daudkandi upazila to the eastern side of Meghna Bridge in Munshiganj point since the dawn due to the heavy pressure of vehicles on the highway ahead of the weekend, said Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of Daudkandi Highway police.
Besides, the vehicles moving on the highway are using one lane following the construction works on the road near Meghna Bridge, he added.
Hundreds of goods-laden trucks and passenger buses were seen stranded on the road due to the slow movement of vehicles.
Cox's Bazar, Sept 20 (UNB) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and its partner Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) have distributed over 10,000 family kits among poor families of the host community of the district.
The kit distributions were carried out in Moheshkali (3500 kits), Kutubdia (1,500 kits), and Chakaria (5,115 kits) on Thursday.
Local government officials were present at the handover ceremonies in each respective sub-district.
The distributions are among a good number of programmes being taken to assist some of the poorest local host communities that have generously hosted Rohingya refugees and have been impacted by the refugee influx, said UNHCR.
Altogether 30,000 households received the family kits, which include two floor mats, a bucket, tarpaulin, rope and wire.
Other UNHCR support to Bangladeshi host communities includes programmes to assist with livelihoods, the distribution of energy-efficient LPG cooking stoves, the rehabilitation of schools, improvements to roads and drainage, as well as the installation of solar lighting.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) – The Prime Minister’s Office has directed for the compulsory use of Biman Bangladesh Airlines on the routes where the national flag carrier operates flights for air trips at government expense.
It issued a notification on Wednesday in this regard.
The notification says ministers, state ministers, deputy ministers, MPs, those holding constitutional posts, chairmen, members and officers of the commissions constituted by the government, and officials and employees of ministries, divisions, semi-government and autonomous bodies, statutory organisations, corporations, constitutional agencies and different projects muse use Biman for air trips at the expense of government on all routes where it operates flights.
However, they will be allowed to board flights of other airlines on the routes where Biman does not operate any flight.