Bangladesh's State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Enamur Rahman on Sunday (May 14, 2023) said there is no possibility of tidal surge due to cyclone Mocha. “Low tide started in the morning and Mocha is now progressing with 65 km wind speed and maximum wind speed near the cyclone centre is about 220 km. So there is no possibility of tidal surge,” he said while talking to reporters at the secretariat. The authorities concerned have taken sufficient preparation this time, Enamur said adding that already seven lakh people have taken shelter in the cyclone shelters. Also read: Cyclone Mocha starts crossing Cox’s Bazar with speed of up to 215 kmph: BMD The government has taken all necessary measures at the cyclone shelters and already dry foods, pure drinking water, water purification tablets and cash money have been sent to the shelter homes while the beach area vacated after the announcement of great danger signal, he added. Despite the announcement of great danger signal 10 in Cox’s Bazar, many people were seen taking selfie, said the minister. “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked me over phone to take step to control people on the beach,” he said. Replying to a question about the presence of curious people on the beach, the minister said the law enforcement agencies drove them out and all tourist activities were suspended. Read More: Cyclone Preparedness: Safety measures to follow before, during, and after the disaster
Cyclone Sitrang is likely to intensify further, move in a north, north-easterly direction and cross Barishal-Chattogram coast near Khepupara by midnight or early Tuesday, the latest Met office bulletin said. “Sitrang over east-central Bay, adjoining west-central Bay and north Bay, moved north-northwest wards over northwest Bay and adjoining northeast Bay,” said the bulletin. Most parts of the country, including Dhaka, are seeing moderate to heavy rains since Monday morning under the impact of the approaching cyclone. Read Cyclone Sitrang: Power distribution, transmission entities asked to open control rooms Authorities have prepared more than 7,000 cyclone shelters to evacuate people while all fishing boats and trawlers over the north Bay and deep sea have been asked to remain anchored until further notice. Authorities in Chattogram and other hilly districts have warned that landslides could occur if incessant rains continue. Besides, the low-lying areas of coastal Satkhira, Khulna, Bagerhat, Jhalakathi, Pirojpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barishal, Laxmipur, Chandpur, Noakhali, Feni, Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar districts and their offshore islands and char areas are likely to be inundated by the wind-driven surges at 5-8 feet, said the bulletin. Read Cyclone Sitrang: Power supply disrupted in Pirojpur, Madaripur UNB correspondents from southern coastal region reported heavy rains and tidal surges since this morning. The maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep danger signal No 7 hoisted while for Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar it’s signal No 6. Sitrang was centered at 12 pm on Monday about 440 km southwest of Chattogram port, 395 km southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 365 km south-southwest of Mongla port, and 335 km south-southwest of Payra port. Read Cyclone Sitrang: PM Hasina monitoring situation, giving instructions The coastal districts of Satkhira, Khulna, Bagerhat, Jhalakathi, Pirojpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barishal, Laxmipur, Chandpur, Noakhali, Feni and three others offshore islands will come under danger signal 7. Besides, the river ports of these districts have been advised to hoist danger signal 3. The coastal districts of Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar and three other offshore islands will also come under danger signal 6. Read Cyclone Sitrang: Nothing much to worry, says State Minister Enamur Maximum sustained wind speed within 54 kms of the cyclone centre is about 62 kph rising to 88kph in gusts or squalls, it added. North Bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh are likely to experience gusty or squally winds of 50-60 kph due to cylone Sitrang.
Several low-lying areas of coastal districts and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by tidal surges 1-2 feet above normal astronomical tide, the weather department said on Monday. The districts are Satkhira, Khulna, Bagerhat, Jhalakathi, Pirojpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barishal, Laxmipur, Chandpur, Noakhali, Feni, Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar. The land depression over North Madhya Pradesh and adjoining area of India moved West-Northwestwards further and weakened into a well-marked low over the same area at 12 noon on Monday. It is likely to move West-Northwestwards further and weaken gradually. Read: Low-lying areas of 5 dists flooded due to tidal surge caused by depression Under its influence deep convection is taking place over North Bay and adjoining areas. Squally weather may affect the maritime ports, North Bay and adjoining coastal area of Bangladesh. Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal no three. All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea 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.
The low-lying areas of Bagerhat, Jhalakathi, Bhola, Satkhira and Khulna districts have been inundated due to the tidal surges caused by the depression over the Bay. In Bagerhat, the residents of the coastal areas have been suffering a lot for the past three days due to intermittent rainfall. The water level of Bhairab, Baleshwar, Panguchhi and Pashur rivers increased by two feet from normal ton Monday afternoon while water in Sundarbans was flowing 3-4 feet higher than normal. The wildlife were seen wandering in search of a safe place. All the ponds in Sundarbans have overflowed and if the situation continues for more days, the fish enclosures in Bagerhat coastal areas may be washed away anytime. Meanwhile, a number of fishing trawlers with fishermen have taken shelter at Dublarchar, Narikelbaria and Katka of Sundarbans as the sea is very rough. Amaresh Chandra Dhali, in-charge of Mongla Weather Conservatory Centre, said the weather office has recorded 21 mm of rainfall in three hours from 6 am to 9 am in Bagerhat. In Bhola, the water level of many rivers in the district has increased by 2-3 feet above its normal level, rendering 20,000 people marooned. Besides, the ferry services on Bhola-Laxmipur route have been disrupted as the ghat went under water. Meanwhile, the residents of Madanpura in Doulatkhan, Char Jahiruddin of Tajumuddin, Dhalchar and Char Kukri-Mukri in Charfassion upazilas and Kolatoli of Manpura upazila of the district have been flooded due to the tidal surge. Abdus Salam, chairman of Dhalchar union in Charfassion upazila, said the union is home to 12,000 people and they have been passing through untold sufferings for the last couple of days as the river water inundated their residents. Besides, Mahbubur Rahman, an officer of Bhola Weather Conservatory Center, said 38 mm rainfalls have been recorded in the past 24 hours till Monday noon. In Satkhira, the inhabitants of the coastal area of the district have been experiencing showers from Monday morning triggered by the depression in the Bay of Bengal. Already 200 bighas of fish enclosures have been washed away while 62-km of embankment in 35 points of the coastal areas was at risk of collapse. Shahnewaz Dalim, chairman of Khazra Union in Ashashuni upazila said, 200 bighas of land have been washed away in the upazila.
The low-lying areas of the Sundarbans in Bagerhat district have been inundated due to the tidal surge caused by the depression in the Bay of Bengal. Most of the areas including Karamjal Wildlife Breeding centre have been experiencing a waist-deep-water on Sunday, causing immense sufferings to the visitors. The residents of the coastal areas in Bagerhat district have been experiencing intermittent showers from Saturday afternoon. The water level of many rivers in the Sundarbans also increased. Amresh Chandra Dhali, officer-in-charge of Mongla Weather Observatory Centre, said the well-marked low over the Bay intensified into a depression, prompting the authorities concerned to ask the maritime ports across the country to keep hoisted local cautionary signal No 3.
The low-lying areas of 15 coastal districts in Bangladesh, including their offshore islands and chars, are likely to be inundated by tidal surges, the weather department said on Saturday. These districts are Satkhira, Khulna, Bagerhat, Jhalakathi, Pirojpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barishal, Laxmipur, Chandpur, Noakhali, Feni, Chattogram and Cox's Bazar. The deep depression over the northeast Bay and adjoining Bangladesh-West Bengal coast moved west-northwestwards and crossed West Bengal and adjoining North Odisha coast, according to Bangladesh Meteorological Department. Also read: Tidal surge likely to inundate low-lying areas of coastal districts It now lies over coastal area of West Bengal-North Odisha as a land depression. It is likely to move northwestwards further and weaken gradually. Under its influence, deep convection is taking place and steep pressure gradient persists over North Bay and adjoining areas of Bangladesh. Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal No 3. All fishing boats and trawlers in the North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice.
Swollen rivers have inundated several low-lying areas of the Sundarbans thanks to the wind-driven surge height of three feet above normal astronomical tide since Friday morning under the influence of full moon and steep pressure gradient. Azad Kabir, officer-in-charge of the Karamjal Wildlife Breeding Center of Sundarbans, said the Sundarbans was heavily inundated with tidal surge due to the full moon on Friday compared to the situation in the last three days. Various areas of the forest, including the Karamjal Wildlife Breeding Centre, are flooded by tidal surge. During the low tide, waters in some parts of the forest recede, but waterlogged in the low-lying areas. Read:Tidal surge inundates 18 Jhalakati villages However, no loss of wildlife has been reported so far, said the official. The low-lying areas of the coastal districts and their offshore island and chars are likely to be inundated by the wind driven surge height of 2-4 feet above normal astronomical tide due to the full moon and steep pressure gradient, the weather department said Friday. Also, squally weather may affect the maritime ports, the North Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department. Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra were advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal No. 3. All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay were advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice.
Tidal surge inundated 18 villages in Jhalakati district on Wednesday as Bishkhali and Sugandha rivers swelled due to depression in the Bay. Houses, roads and agricultural cropland have been affected by the flash flood. Read: Depression: Low-lying areas inundated in Bagerhat A total of 11 villages of Katalia upazila including upazila parishad bhaban and UNO office have been flooded as there is no dam the Bishkhali River point. Thousands of people of Awra, Chingrakhali, Joykhali, Kachua, Shoulzalia, Awrabunia, Amua, and Moshabunia villages under the upazila are suffering due to the tidal surge. Besides, low-lying areas in Nolchhity and Rajapur upazila have also been inundated.
Low-lying coastal areas of Bagerhat district were inundated due to the tidal surge triggered by the depression in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday, causing immense sufferings to the dwellers. The intermittent rainfall started from Tuesday morning disrupting the normal life of the people in the coastal areas. Many low-lying areas including Suparipotti, Kachabazar and many roads in Bagerhat district town have been inundated as the water levels of many rivers in Sundarbans rose to 2.5 feet high above the normal tide due to the bay depression. 500 fishermen, who went out from home for the Bay have taken shelter in the Sundarbans' Alorkole, Dublarchar and Bedakhali canals. The sea became very rough. The river waters also entered many houses. According to the district Agriculture office, 6.11mm of rainfall has been recorded from 6 am Monday to 6 am Tuesday. Read:Maritime ports asked to hoist cautionary signal 3
The district fisheries department confirmed on Friday that some 4,470 fish enclosures and over 400 ponds in Bagerhat have been inundated by tidal surges triggered by Cyclone Yaas. Bagerhat District Fisheries Officer SM Russell said that tidal surges affected the fish enclosures and ponds in eight upazilas of Bagerhat. "Different species of fish, including shrimp, worth Tk 6.5 crore have been swept away," he said. Read:Cyclone Yaas: 50 villages in Khulna inundated by tidal surges The fish farmers of Sharankhola, Morelganj, Rampal and Mongla upazilas of Bagerhat have been hit the hardest. A list of victims has been sent to senior officials, he added. However, according to the fish farmers, the amount of the loss is more. On Wednesday, due to the impact of Cyclone Yaas, water flowed above the danger level in various rivers of Bagerhat.