The government has taken adequate preparations to tackle the possible effects of Cyclone Yaas, State Minister for Disaster Management Dr Enamur Rahman said.
Field-level officers of the coastal districts, as well as the local police, Ansar, Border Guard Bangladesh, and Cyclone Preparedness Program (CPP) volunteers are on standby for emergency response, he said during an official meeting on cyclone preparedness at the secretariat on Monday.
Yaas was formed from a deep depression over the east-central Bay of Bengal, which intensified into the cyclone Monday. It is predicted to hit Odisha and West Bengal on Tuesday.
In a special bulletin, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) said the cyclonic storm had registered wind speeds over 62kmph within 54km of the cyclone centre.
The maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist distant Warning Signal No 2.
Cyclone Yaas is not likely to cause any major damage to the coastal areas of Bangladesh, as it has not intensified further and is moving west-northwest, Enamur said at the meeting.,