Tuesday, 30 May, 2023

Cyclone Mocha

Water vessels resume operation

Movement of all types of water vessels resumed across the country on Monday as the cyclone Mocha made landfall.

The water transport movement began at around 9:30am, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) sources said.

BIWTA suspended operations of all types of water vessels across the country since Friday night due to Cyclone Mocha that formed in the Bay of Bengal and made landfall on the Cox's Bazar-north Myanmar coast on Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, after about 15 hours of suspension, launch movement on the Daulatdia-Paturia river channel resumed on Monday morning.

The launch movement came to a halt since Saturday morning due to Cyclone Mocha. The movement became normal around 9:00am on Monday, said the BIWTA authorities.  The authorities stopped the launch movement on this route from 6 am on Saturday morning due to the effect of the cyclone.

Passengers, however, used ferry as an alternative on this route as the launch was stopped. BIWTA traffic inspector Aftab Hossain said launch movement on this route was stopped from 6 am on Saturday and resumed at 9 in the morning.

Meanwhile, the movement of passenger trawlers and speedboats on Teknaf-Saint-Martin coast was resumed on Monday. After crossing the Mocha Bangladesh coast, the watercraft movement started around 10:30 am on Monday.