Govt is prepared to address cyclone ‘Amphan’: Enamur

State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman today said the government has taken all-out preparations to deal with the cyclone ‘Amphan’.

As per the warning issued by the meteorological department if cyclone Amphan does not change its speed and course, it may the hit coastal districts by early morning of 19 May, said the state minister while speaking at a press briefing at his ministry’s conference room on the government’s preparations on the cyclone.

“About 12,078 cyclone shelter centres have already been prepared in the coastal districts,” he told a virtual press briefing on cyclone preparedness at his secretariat office here.

Enamur said 31 metric tonnes of rice, Taka 50 lakh in cash, Taka 31 lakh for baby food, Taka 28 lakh for cattle feed and 42,000 packets of dry food items were sent to 19 coastal districts.

He said the authorities have already started evacuation of people in Satkhira district and taken them to the cyclone shelter centres.

Shifting of people to cyclone centres in other coastal districts will begin tomorrow morning, the state minister said.

Noting that all necessary measures have been taken so that people do not face any problem in the cyclone centres, he said, adding that adequate allocation has been given to every district as per the demand of district administrations.

Disaster Management and Relief Ministry senior secretary Shah Kamal was present.

The minister added that more allocation will be given as per the demand of the district administrations.

The district administrations have been instructed to keep alternate power distribution measures on standby if the main power supply goes out during the cyclone.

Earlier, Enamur joined a virtual meeting with secretaries of different ministries and deputy commissions of coastal districts on cyclone preparedness.

Bangladesh authorities today ordered intensified preparedness as the southern coastlines visibly brace for a cyclone called Amphan feared to be a “very severe one” with met office issuing its high “danger signal number 7” in a scale of 10.

Meteorologists said the powerful cyclone in the Bay of Bengal was heading directly for the Bangladesh coastlines bordering India bringing with it the potential for major destruction and upheaval in both the countries.