300,000 people evacuated, airports closed as Cyclone Mora nearing

Wednesday 31st May 2017 06:42 EDT

DHAKA: Bangladesh's Civil Aviation Authority has suspended domestic and international flights in Chittagong and Cox's Bazar, as the high intensity Cyclone Mora is expected to make a landfall. Local authorities have taken steps to evacuate nearly almost 300,000 people and rescue teams comprising of the armed forces and other agencies are deployed and medical teams are on alert. Disaster Management Department's acting director general, Abu Syed Mohammad Hashim said, 'People were still waiting for evacuation while airports and ports have been closed in the regions as they are going to be worst-hit.”

He said residents were seeking shelter in schools and other safe buildings in 17 coastal districts. The country's two main seaports in Chittagong and Mongla have stopped operations and Cox's Bazar have been closed. The Met office has advised to hoist great Danger Signal No 10 at coastal areas. An emergency meeting was held in the morning over preparations for possible impact of the cyclone and the administration has reportedly taken all necessary measures in the regard.

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