Cyclone Mocha intensified that may hit Teknaf and Rohingya Camps, Cox’s Bazar coast: COAST Preparation for Response


According to the Special Weather Bulletin-5 of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), it is stated that a low depression has been formed over the southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining area has formed a cyclone storm “Mocha”. It further intensified and will move north-northwestwards till tomorrow. It may make landfall in Cox’s Bazar and Myanmar coasts on Sunday, the Met Office has said

Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Monga and Payray have been advised to lower distant cautionary signal no. one instead hoist distant warning signal no. Two (R) Two. All fishing boats and trawllers over the north Bay of Bengal and deep sea have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution. They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.

Cyclone Mocha Preparation Meeting

COAST Preparation for Response:

  1. There was a preparatory virtual meeting in this morning (11 May 2023) through the participation of senior colleagues from Principal Office, Dhaka, COAST Cox’s Bazar Centre, Cox’s Bazar, Ukhiya Relief and Operation Centre (UROC), Ukhiya and all Branch Managers of Cox’s Bazar Micro Finance Region. The meeting was moderated by the Executive Director of COAST Foundation.
  2. A senior team has already been posted in Cox’s Bazar and other field staff have been made alert and staying all time in mobile net connection.
  3. Coordination with the government officials has been established and COAST is involved for the cleaning of Cyclone Shelters and make them feasible for persons with disabilities, old age people, pregnant women, and children.
  4. The micro finance branches of possible affected areas have been made available the cash money so that after cyclone hits, the response can be started.
  5. The Director-Core Program (Tarik Sayed Harun) has been designated for coordinating the situation, response and making communication with relevant staff and sectors.   
  6. The Radio Saikat (FM 99.0,, Cox’s Bazar is standby for 24-hour broadcasting to inform the people about the direction of the cyclone and its intensification.
  7. The communication points have been designated

For Central Response Team:

Md. Shahinur IslamAssistant Director-
Humanitarian Response
Mustafafijur RahmanSenior Coordinator-Community Radio01713-144155
Tarik Sayed HarunDirector-Core Program01713-328835
  • For Dhaka:
Mustafa Kamal AkandDirector-Admin. & SR01711-455591
Ferdous Ara RumeeJoint Director-GT&CR01713-328810
Sanat Kumar BhowmikDeputy Executive Director 01711-881662
M Rezaul Karim ChowdhuryExecutive Director01711-529792

  • For COAST Cox’s Bazar Centre:
Tanjir Uddin RoniProgram Officer-ISC Project 01708-120418
Zahangir AlamRegional Team Leader, Cox’s Bazar01713-328827
  • For Radio Saikat:
Name DesignationMobile
Anika Tasnim TaposhiProgram Producer01713-367418
Gulfan Ara HuryCoordinator-Radio Saikat01713-328846
  • For Ukhiya Relief and Operation Centre (UROC), Ukhiya:
Razaul KarimProject Coordinator-
Child Protection Project
Jasim Uddin Molla Project Coordinator-
Education Project
Md. EunusTeam Leader-UROC01713-328812
  • For Teknaf Microfinance Branch, Teknaf:
MA HannanBranch Manager- Teknaf Branch, Cox’s Bazar01713-164661
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