Due to depression initiated in the Bay of Bengal, high tide flooded coastal areas. At least 350 villages are flooded
8 people died in Bhola and Barguna in last two days (Thursday and Friday) being drowned under water
Besides, incessant rainfall all through the day flooded many streets and neighborhoods of the capital.
Numerous flood protection dams were breached by flowing rainwater in the southern districts. Many villages in last year’s Aila affected areas were inundated again. All over the country normal life was severely disrupted.
The Met Office advised the maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, and Mongla to keep hoisted the cautionary signal number three.
The depression over the northwest bay and adjoining West Bengal-Bangladesh coast moved northeastwards and crossed the coast near Mongla at 6:00pm yesterday (Friday), and was lying over Barisal, Noakhali and the adjoining area as a land depression, said a special bulletin of the Met Office.
It is likely to move in a northeasterly direction and gradually weaken by giving precipitation. Bad weather may continue over the North Bay and coastal areas, the bulletin added.
The coastal districts of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Feni, Lakhipur, Bhola, Barisal, Patuakhali, Barguna, Chandpur, Pirozpur, Jhalakathi, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their off shore islands and shoals are likely to be inundated by wind driven surges of heights 2 to 4 feet above normal astronomical tides, the bulletin cautioned.
All fishing boats and trawlers in the North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain in shelters till further notice.
River communication between Dhaka and the coastal districts was partially disrupted as Bangladsh Inland Water Transportation Aauthority (BIWTA) decided not to allow operation of any launch smaller than 70 feet. Internal launch communication in Patuakhali also remained suspended till last night (Friday) since Tuesday, due to the same reason.
Ferry communication on Mawa-Kawrakandi and Paturia-Daulatdia routes were also disrupted causing long traffic jams on both sides of the highways.
A teenage boy and a girl were killed in the capital’s Kha Para of Khilkhet as a boundary wall collapsed on them due to heavy rain. The victims are Sumi Akter, 15, a garment factory worker; and Ratan, 13, a tea-stall worker, said Officer-in-charge of Khilkhet Police Station.
Minara and Noren died in a separate incident when their mud house collapsed on them.
Road communication between Kuakata, a tourist spot in Patuakhali, and others parts of the country remained snapped till last night as gangways of four ferry terminals on Patuakhali-Barisal highway went under water.
According to president of Barguna District Fishing Trawler Owners Association, said at least 50 fishermen of the area were missing since Wednesday with five trawlers. An unusual tidal surge occurred at the coast of the district yesterday.
Cargo handling at Mongla port remained suspended since Thursday due to hostile weather