The deep depression over Southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas has condensed and turned into a cyclonic activity. It may hit Cox’s Bazar coast next Sunday, which is the house of about a million Rohingyas from neighboring country Myanmar. The Rohingya refugees are highly worried with their bamboo made house with plastic tents.
A refugee from camp 27 said, “Previously we used to get cyclone preventive equipment, such as ropes, plastic tent and rods to firmly tie our shelter. But this year, we received nothing from concern authority ahead of coming cyclone ‘Mocha.”
“Our shelters are made of bamboos, and plastic tent, which will be labelled to ground if cyclone hits. As heard from news, the Bangladesh government took preparation and made ready 576 cyclone centers in Cox’s Bazar district for its people to face the ‘Mocha’. But we refugees are being reached with awareness words to face the cyclones,” another Rohingya from Kutupalong camp said.
Camp authorities like UNHCR and IOM, etc need to take effective measures so that the Rohingya refugees in the camps can proactively deal with Cyclone ‘Mocha’ without causing massive damage to the camps.
The Meteorological Department warned fishermen not to venture too far into the Bay of Bengal and advised them to sail in networking areas. All seaports of the country, including Cox’s Bazar, have been asked to display remote warning signal number 2.
Abdur Rahman, head of Cox’s Bazar Meteorological Office, said that the sea will be rough for the next week under the influence of Mocha. All deep-sea fishing boats and trawlers have been asked to proceed with caution near the coast.