At least four hundred tourists are stranded at Saint Martin’s Island in the Bay of Bengal due to the inclement weather.
They could not return on Thursday as the well-marked low over the northwest Bay and the adjoining west-central Bay moved northwestwards and subsequently intensified into a depression, later a deep depression and then a depression over the North-west Bay and its adjoining area.
Among the tourists, there is a group of 300 people from Cox’s Bazar who call themselves ‘Amar Bazar’. They came on a three-day trip to the island last Wednesday.
Md Nur Ahmed, chairman of Saint Martin’s Island union parishad, said there were more than four hundred tourists on the Island and they got stranded due to the rough weather.
‘On Thursday, the tourists were asked to leave before their scheduled departure, but they did not pay heed to the advice,’ the UP chairman said.
Teknaf Model Police officer-in-charge Hafizur Rahman said that the tourists were safe and that the island’s police outpost has been instructed to keep an eye on them.
Teknaf upazila nirbahi officer Md Saiful Islam said that he was receiving regular updates on the tourists and he asked the members of the police, coast guard, BGB, naval forces and local union parishad administration to take care of the stranded tourists.
Saint Martin’s Island, situated a few miles off the coast in the blue waters of the Bay of Bengal, is one of the most beautiful places in Bangladesh.
The coral island boasting picturesque sandy beaches, coconut trees and marine life is popular with both local and foreign tourists.
Habib Khan, resident and hotel owner in the island, said, ‘We are concerned about the stranded tourists, although they have been safe, so far.’
The tourists are safe as they are confined to their hotels, he added.
‘A mechanised fishing boat anchored at the jetty berth capsized. But no loss of lives was reported,’ he said.
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