The catastrophic cyclone Amphan has lashed several areas off the coast of Bangladesh. The lowlands have been inundated by tidal surges and barricades. According to the meteorological office, the intensity of the hurricane has decreased a lot and it will cross Bangladesh by early morning on Thursday. Although the intensity of the storm is not very high in the coastal districts, 8 deaths have been reported so far.

According to the meteorological office, the epicenter of the cyclone Amphan is passing through West Bengal, India, very close to Satkhira. As the night progresses in Satkhira city, the speed of the storm also decreases. However, the wind of Amfan entered Satkhira-Sundarbans area from the afternoon.

Meanwhile, the tide has already reached 5 to 6 feet in the areas near the sea. The Meteorological Department has warned that 15 feet of water is expected in the low-lying areas of the coastal districts at night.

A total of 8 deaths have been reported so far. Meanwhile, a mother and daughter were reported dead after a tree was crushed at Chaugachha in Jessore. A man named Kahinur Begum (40) died after breaking a branch of a mango tree in Satkhira. His house is in Kamar Nagar village of Sadar upazila. Several areas of Kalapara in Patuakhali have also been flooded. At this time many fish broke the enclosure and a huge amount of fish left.

Galachipa police OC said. Monirul Islam said a 6-year-old boy named Rased was crushed under a tree in a storm in Panpatti area of ​​Galachipa upazila in the evening. He died on the spot.

On the other hand, Kalapara Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Abu Hasnat Mohammad Shahidul Haque said CPP leader Shah Alam went missing after his boat sank in a canal in Chailabunia area of ​​Dhankhali while carrying out public awareness campaign in Kalapara of Patuakhali. Divers later recovered his body.

An old man named Siddique Fakir (60) died when a tree fell south of Bhola Char Fashion due to the impact of cyclone Amphan.

Officer-in-charge (OC) of Dakshin Aicha Police Station Harun Aur Rashid said the old man was going to the Upazila Sadar on a rented motorbike to fetch the allowance. At that time a tree broke and fell on him. He was seriously injured. After rescuing him in critical condition and taking him to the Upazila Health Complex, he died while undergoing treatment.

On the other hand, a man died when a wall collapsed in Ward No. 6 of Mathbaria Upazila in Pirojpur. His name is Shahjahan Mollah (60). The accident took place at 8.30 pm. Mathbaria Police Station OC Masuduzzaman confirmed the matter. His village home is Gilabad.





Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said her government is gradually relaxing the nationwide shutdown — initiated to curb the transmission of Covid-19 — so that people can make a living.

“We are trying to open (the countrywide shutdown) slowly so that people can make a living and sustain their lives in the month of Ramadan,” she said while joining a donation handing over ceremony through video conference from her official residence Gono Bhaban in Dhaka.

PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus received the cheques on behalf of the premier at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), BSS reports.

“We know people are going through great hardship (amid shutdown to tackle the coronavirus outbreak). So, we have been trying our best to ease their plights,” she said.

Referring to the prediction of famine by various global organisations due to the coronavirus pandemic, she said, “We have given special focus on ensuring food security, so that people of our country are not affected due to the pandemic.”

The prime minister credited the government’s efforts for the bumper production of (Boro) paddy and said she had already asked the agriculture minister to take prompt measures to bring all arable lands under cultivation immediately after harvesting the Boro paddy.

She called upon the countrymen to grow whatever they can in their land to ensure food security.

She also lauded organisations and individuals for making generous contributions to support the government’s efforts in fighting the Covid-19 fallout.

The prime minister reiterated her appeal to all to abide by “stay at home” and social distancing directives following the guidelines of the health directorate and World Health Organization (WHO) to stop transmission of Covid-19.


The number of Covid-19 cases in the police force is rising

rapidly as 207 more cops tested positive in the last 24 hours across the country. With this, the total number of coronavirus cases among police personnel reached 1,756 till this noon. Of them, 810 are from Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), according to a tally of the Bangladesh Police Headquarters. A large number of the other infected personnel are from Narayanganj, Gazipur and Dhaka districts, sources at the police headquarters said. According to officials, 1,933 police personnel were sent to 14-day quarantine in last 24 hours as they either came in contact with Covid-19 positive persons or showed symptoms. So far, 165 police personnel have recovered while seven have died from infections, the data addedAs Central Police Hospital is struggling to deal with the increasing number of Covid-19 patients, Bangladesh Police has booked Impulse Hospital to treat its infected members. PHQ officials said that instructions also were given to different unit chiefs, especially to range deputy inspector generals, to book some district-level hospitals for the treatment of police personnel and arrange division level arrangements. Against this backdrop, the force has already brought changes to its plan to deploy manpower, believing it would help avoid coronavirus transmission. Only half its members are out at the field at a time for a week. The other group is deployed the next week, according to the sources at PHQ.


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