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All water transport services resume

  • Published at 05:03 am May 5th, 2019
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File photo of a ferry Dhaka Tribune

Cyclone Fani had forced all ferry and launch routes across Bangladesh to remain suspended since Thursday morning

Water services have resumed across Bangladesh after remaining suspended for three days due to Cyclone Fani.

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) authorities permitted water movement from Sunday, BIWTC's mass communication officer Mobarak Hossain said. 

"The warnings that we issued due to Cyclone Fani have been withdrawn, as Fani's impacts are now gone," he said. "We have resumed water services."

Earlier, BIWTC suspended all water services in Bangladesh to avoid any casualty or damage due to Cyclone Fani, from 11am on Thursday.

Meanwhile, ferry service and launch service on the Daulatdia-Paturia route resumed after remaining suspended for 33 hours and 63 hours, respectively.

Authorities had suspended all river services on the route due to Cyclone Fani, which resumed from 6am on Sunday.

Situated in the southwest of Bangladesh, the Daulatdia-Paturia route is an important transport and communication route for 21 districts. 

Hundreds of vehicles were stranded on both sides of the route after it was closed, causing sufferings to passengers and transport workers alike.

Daulatdia launch terminal Supervisor Md Ali said: "The Met office issued warnings to all maritime ports and river terminals because of Fani. Based on that, the Daulatdia authorities decided to suspend all ferry and launch services.

"After Cyclone Fani passed, both services resumed to normal from 6am on Sunday," he said.

BIWTC's Daulatdia terminal Assistant Director Ruhul Amin told Dhaka Tribune: "Ferry service became risky after the river became turbulent due to Fani's impact. However, after the storm subsided, all services went back to normal."

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