State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman on Sunday said that government has taken necessary preparations to face 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 May 19, said the state minister while speaking at a press briefing at his ministry's conference room on the government's preparations on the cyclone.
Deputy Commissioners of the coastal districts have already been instructed to keep cyclone shelters ready, he said.
While responding to reporters’ question about maintaining social distance in the cyclone centres, the state minister said the district administration have already been directed to take necessary steps to increase the number of shelters so that people could maintain social distance at the shelter centers.
More allocation will be given as per the demand of the deputy commissioners, Enamur said adding that they have been instructed to make alternative arrangements if there is no electricity during the disaster, said Enamur.
Earlier, the state minister held online meeting with the cabinet secretary, principal secretary to the Prime Minister, secretaries and senior secretaries to the ministries concerned and deputy commissioners of coastal districts on the preparation and action taken to tackle the cyclone.
Cyclonic storm "Amphan" over Southeast Bay and adjoining Southwest Bay intensified into a Severe Cyclonic Strom over the same area.
At 03 pm today it's distance was about 1325 km South-Southwest of Chattogram port, 1260 km South-Southwest of Cox's Bazar port, 1250 km South-Southwest of Mongla port and 1230 km South-Southwest of Payra Port.