Cyclone Fani snoozes port, dips apparel exports in limbo
File photo of Chattogram port, Bangladesh`s prime shipping point.
Bangladesh’s key port has suspended its activities preemptively in purview of the approaching severe cyclonic storm Fani that is likely to take a toll on Bangladesh.
Chattogram Port Authority has suspended all loading and unloading works at jetties since 10:00am on May 2, 2019. All the ships near and around the jetties have been sent to the outer anchorage points for safe harbouring during the storm.
The key port of Bangladesh, which handles about 80 per cent of the country’s overall export-import activities, has hoisted its own second-highest alert with Bangladesh’s Met Office raising danger signal number 7 for Chattogram port.
Chittagong Port Authority Secretary Md Omar Faruque has confirmed that the activities at docks – loading and unloading from mother shops – was put on halt for weather conditions since 10:00am. “We are on our second-highest alert,” he told news media.
From what could be learned, there were 29 ships at the jetties until the morning of May 2. They were all sent to the outer anchorage of Chattogram port where 52 other mother ships have been safely harboured.
Also, alongside, all the lighterage vessels, the vessels which unload and load from the bigger ships at outer anchorage, have been sent upstream of Karnaphuli River for safe anchoring. Their staff have been evacuated to safety.
Meanwhile, latest developments from Bangladesh Meteorological Department, Bangladesh is likely to see the effects of Fani from the morning of May 3, when the severe cyclonic storm will enter Bangladesh’s territory through Khulna region.
Additionally, the storm is likely to touch Bangladesh on the evening of May 3 with wind speed of upto 180kmph. There is expected to be tide surges of upto five feet high along the coastal districts.
Also, Bangladesh is expecting more devastation along the south-western ports of Mongla and Payra – where authorities have hoisted local danger signal no. 7. Those ports have also been suspended from operation.
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