More than 200 tourists returned to Teknaf from the island yesterday following a depression that turned into Cyclone later over the North Bay while at least 100 tourists remained stranded in the island, sources said.
Saint Martin Union Chairman Nur Ahmed said traffic on the Teknaf-Saint Martin’s water route remained suspended since Friday after the Met office issued cautionary signal No. 3 following Nada over the Bay.
We requested all tourists to leave the island but over 100 tourists remained stranded in different hotels and motels in the island.
The met office also warned that squally weather might affect the maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Mongla which were advised to hoist local cautionary signal number four yesterday.
Md Jahangir, Saint Martin service boat owner society, told to the Dhaka Tribune that 127 tourists returned to Teknaf with three trawlers on Friday while another 100 remained stranded on the island.
Md Shofiul Alam, upazila nirbahi officer, Teknaf, said: “We have already ordered to authorities concerned to take necessary steps to ease the sufferings of stranded tourists.”
AKM Nazmul Haque, chief official of Cox’s Bazar met office, said: “The current location of the deep depression is about 630km from Chittagong port, 595km from
Cox’s Bazar port, 495km from Mongla port and 895km from Payra port.”
He said: “No 4 warning was issued to the country’s four maritime ports – Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Mongla and Payra.”
In the meantime, all fishing boats and trawlers along with passenger trawlers’ movement suspended due to Nada in Hatia upazila of Noakhali district, said our Noakhali correspondent.
Abu Hasnat Md Moinuddin, Hatia upazila nirbahi officer, said: “We asked to locals to stop all kind of boats plying due to cyclone Nada.”
He said: “Several areas of the upazila were flooded due to high tide caused by Nada.”
In Jhalokati, inhabitants of the district are suffering due to unseasonal rain due to Nada, said our district correspondent.
The rainfall started yesterday morning and continued till evening while this report was filed.
Due to heavy rainfall and tidal bore some coastal areas of four upazilas of the district go under water.
Earlier, Indian Meteorological Department said the depression was very likely to move north-northwestwards and gradually curved back northeastwards towards the Bangladesh coast.
Regardless of its intensity, the depression will endanger lives and property by unleashing torrential rainfall. “The main threat from this system will be heavy rain and flooding from coastal Odisha to Bangladesh, including the cities of Kolkata and Dhaka,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Jason said, adding Puri of India and Chittagong in Bangladesh were among the other communities at risk.
The name of the probable cyclone will be “Nada” given by Oman and which means dew.