Airports on alert as cyclone Bulbul intensifies

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 22:36, Nov 08, 2019 | Updated : 22:45, Nov 08, 2019

Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka during rain, FILE PHOTOThe Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has asked the airport officials across the country to stay alert to avoid any possible damage caused by cyclone ‘Bulbul’, which intensifies in the Bay of Bengal.
"Suspending operation at any airport is yet to decide," CAAB Member (Operations & Planning) Air Commodore Md Khalid Hossain told Bangla Tribune on Friday (Nov 8).
Hossain said that preparation has been taken in line with airport's standard operating procedure for a cyclone.
He said, "Officials at the airports across the country have been directed to take preparation yesterday [Thursday]. We are getting regular updates from them... Decision [to suspend operation at any airport] will taken after observing the weather situations.
“Adequate preparation has been taken at the airports in Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar and Barishal to face the risk. Machineries have been removed from airports' runway and open space [to avoid damage],” he added.
A severe cyclonic storm, 'Bubul' was over east-central bay and adjoining area, moved north-northwestwards over the same area and was centred in Friday evening about 620km south-southwest of Chattogram port, 585km south-southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 495km south of Mongla port and 490 km south of Payra port, Met Office said in special whether bulletin on Friday evening.
The Met Office also asked maritime ports of Mongla and Payra to hoist danger signal number seven, and ports of Chattogram to hoist danger signal number six.
The maritime port of Cox’s Bazar has been advised to keep hoisting local warning signal number four, the bulletin said.