Launch services suspended on Barisal, Bhola internal routes

Launch services suspended on Barisal, Bhola internal routes

Launch services on Barisal and Bhola districts' internal routes were suspended on Friday morning due to inclement weather.

Launch services have been remaining suspended in seven intern routes in the Bhola district and altogether in 22 internal routes in the entire Barisal division until Friday afternoon , Dhaka Tribune's Barisal correspondent Anisur Rahman Swapan reports citing Barisal port officer Mostafizur Rahman.

Launch services on all internal routes of Barisal district remained suspended since Friday morning, Traffic Inspector Md Kabir of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) told UNB.

The restriction will remain in place until further notice, he said.

Meanwhile, the low-lying areas of Barisal city have been inundated by torrential rains. Waterlogging has occurred in many areas.

Ainisur Rahman, a senior observer at the Barishal Meteorological Office, said 156mm rainfall had been recorded in Barishal for the last 24 hours till 9am on Friday and 62mm rainfall was recorded from 8am to 9am. The speed of the wind is normal.

He said that due to deep low pressure in the Bay of Bengal, there will be rain throughout the day.

According to the Bangladesh Water Development Board, the water of Kirtankhola River in Barishal is flowing above the danger line.

The Met Office has advised the four maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Mongla, and Payra of the country to hoist local cautionary signal number 3 lowering its earlier local warning signal number 4.

In its special weather bulletin on Friday morning, Bangladesh Meteorological Department came up with the fresh advice after the deep depression over the Bay of Bengal weakened into a depression.