Published: Friday, May 17, 2013

Cyclone Mahasen

Little impact on Ctg, Cox’s Bazar

People living in Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar districts have breathed a sigh of relief as the much-feared cyclone Mahasen has changed its direction, leaving no severe impact on their lives and properties.
Normalcy started returning to the two districts as the thousands of people, who earlier took shelter at cyclone centres or safer places after being evacuated from different coastal areas, were seen going back to their whereabouts yesterday noon.
Thousands of people, who gathered on the 21.7km-long Chittagong city protection embankment, were seen in their fearless spirit. Some shops were even found open by afternoon.
Sexagenarian Hemayat Hawlader, a shopkeeper at Khajortola on the embankment, said, “The cyclone of 1991 left a trail of destruction in the area, but nothing severe happens this time.”
Cox’s Bazar district administration had managed to evacuate around 1.97 lakh people from the vulnerable areas in eight upazilas and kept them at 412 cyclone shelters, said DC Ruhul Amin.
Twenty-three-year-old Mina Begum of Paschim Kutubdiapara village under Cox’s Bazar Sadar along with her three kids took shelter at her sister-in-law’s house at Baharchara union on Wednesday night fearing the cyclone.
She came back home yesterday morning, though it had been raining then.
“I left everything in my house. I have come back as the weather has started improving,” Mina said.
Mina’s neighbour Sadia Begum, 35, also returned home in the morning with her kids.
Many people started moving to their houses from shelter centres in the afternoon, as the threat of cyclone had faded away in the district over the period.
Meanwhile, activities in Chittagong Port resumed in the afternoon.
SM Abdur Rashid, general manager of Bangladesh Export Processing Zone, said that the activities of Chittagong Export Processing Zone, and Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone might start today [Friday].
Flight operations of Shah Amanat International Airport are supposed to resume this morning.