Due to the impact of cyclone Yas, the water level in various rivers and canals of Bagerhat has increased by one and a half feet. In some areas along the river, tidal waters have receded. The Bay of Bengal has become very rough. It has been raining intermittently since Monday night in different coastal areas including Bagerhat. Bhairab of Bagerhat, Pashur of Mongla, Panguchi of Morelganj, Baleshwar river of Sharankhola and various canals have risen by one and a half feet more than normal at high tide on Tuesday afternoon.
The news of Yas Dhenye has created a kind of panic among the people of the coastal areas including Bagerhat. Fear is rife among people on the banks of the river for fear of flooding. There is panic among the people of Sharankhola, Mongla and Morelganj.
344 cyclone shelters have been set up in different upazilas of Bagerhat district so that people can take shelter during disasters. The administration has opened 10 control rooms in the district. 75 medical teams and more than one and a half thousand volunteers have been kept ready.
Bagerhat Additional Deputy Commissioner (Overall) Khandaker Mohammad Rizaul Karim said 344 cyclone shelters have been set up in the district.
Bagerhat Civil Surgeon said. KM Humayun Kabir said a total of 85 medical teams have been formed in the district. Medical teams will work at district, upazila and union level. Meanwhile, emergency medicines have been sent to different upazilas from the district headquarters. The ambulance has been kept ready.
Biswajit Vaidya, executive engineer of the Bagerhat Water Development Board, said the water level in various rivers has risen by 1.5 feet. The water is likely to rise further. If the water level rises to three to four feet more than usual, in some areas their embankments will overflow and water may enter the village. If the dam is damaged in any way, they are ready to repair it immediately. However, no embankment has been set up in any area yet, he said.