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COAST Preparation for cyclone Mahasen

Dhaka, 14 May 2013, 1400 Hours

Today cyclone storm over the west central Bay and adjoining east central Bay moved slightly north-northeastwards over the same area.

It was centred at midnight last night about 1,040km southwest of Chittagong, 975km of Cox’s Bazar and 930km of Mongla ports.The cyclone is likely to intensify further and move in a north-northeasterly direction.

Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Mongla have been advised to keep hoisted local warning danger signal No. 7 for Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar & danger signal No. 5 for Mongla ports.

Dhaka 14 may 2013. Our preparedness actions for facing the tropical cyclone Mahasen.

The tropical cyclone Mahasen is about to hit in Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf belts in Bangladesh by May 15, 2013 late night and May 16, 2013 very early in the morning.Here Kutubdia and Moheshkali islands are the most vulnerable. The meteorological department of Bangladesh Government has advised to hoist local signal number FOUR in the ports of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong and Mongla. Due to this depression the coastal belt of Bangladesh is experiencing a heavy rainfall which disrupts emergency activities and the transporting essentials.

Our all offices and staff are fully prepared for facing the cyclone. One senior colleague in each office of Teknaf and Ukniya (Mr. Jahangir Alam mobile-01710106681) , Kutubdia (Mr. Nirban- mobile- 01749000098), Moheshkhali (Mr. Subal Das- mobile- 01716822929) and Monpura (Mr. Nure Alam- mobile 01713328813) to help and support to our local staff. Our colleagues are maintaining continuous communication with the control rooms of respective Deputy Commissioner-DC and sub-district administration (Upazila Nirbahi Officer-UNO) and also local elected representatives. They are ready in such a way that just after getting instructions from DC and UNO they can involve with evacuation and emergency works.

We have kept sufficient cash in hand in the respective offices as per our disaster stand by policy so that local staff can purchase the deliverable just after cyclone hits . We have also selected the local suppliers for purchasing essential commodities. Our local colleagues are with the local administrations for cleaning the cyclone shelters in the areas. Here we have also allocated fund for cleaning and making ready the cyclone shelters. They have also with the volunteers for disseminating the cyclone warning messages.

In Cox;s Bazar and Chittagong areas our Regional Team Leader, Moqbul Ahmed (mobile-01713328828) is coordinating the whole process. Our Executive Director (mobile-01711529792) is now in Cox’s Bazar to monitor and ensure the whole activities with our colleagues as well as government officials. From Dhaka, I am coordinating the whole activities including monitoring the cyclone track. You can reach me with my cell no 01711881662.

The sub office World Food Program in Cox’s Bazar has allotted 70 metric ton fortified biscuit for Kutubdia and Moheshkali islands and we have already stocked them in the islands.

Through the local/national daily news paper we the NGO alliance has requested to the political parties involved to relax their hartal (strike) in the cyclone areas.

COAST has established a VHF radio in Kutubdia island to keep the communication smooth with the remote areas of the island.

We have kept a rescue boat in Mognama ghat, Pekua with a stand by driver Mr. Lalmia (mobile-017139177503). Any rescue/evacuation/emergency team can use this boat with the permission of our Regional Team Leader Mr. Moqbul Ahmed.

If you feel necessity you can contact directly with our local office staff from the following links

For Bhola

For outreach islan

Dhaka, 14 May 2013, 1400 Hours

ds in Bhola

For Cox’s Bazar

For Chittagong

For greater Noakhali

You can also get update from the following link

Dhaka 13 May 2013.Mahasen moved northwards slowly on Monday, prompting the country’s three maritime ports to hoist local cautionary signal No. 4.The maritime ports are: Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Mongla.

Dhaka 12 May 2013. Cyclone MAHASENA-13 is expected to hit in the coastal belts of Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong by very early morning of May 16, 2013.

In the areas we have 25 offices with stocking and residential facilities along with 220 staff members who are now stand by ready for any emergency works.

We have also kept ready our four cars, two rescue boats and four generators.

Our Executive Director, Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury will reach in Kutubdia Island under Cox’s Bazar district by tomorrow (May 13, 2013) for monitoring the cycle track and if necessary will ensure the relief works. His 24 hours contact is 8801711529792, mail reza@coastbd.org.

The local VHF radio will be established by tomorrow (May 13, 2013) in the island for smooth communication during the cyclone.

If you need for more update you can communicate with my colleague Mr. Moqbul Ahmed (Cell: 8801713328828) in Cox’s Bazar and Sanat k. Bhowmik (Cell-8801711881662) in Dhaka.

For detailed tracking of cyclone you may visit the following link

Please do not hesitate to know any update from us.

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Dhaka, 14 May 2013, 1400 Hours


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