300 tourists stranded in St. Martin for hostile weather
Published: 04:33 PM, 18 October 2021 Updated: 05:27 PM, 18 October 2021
The jetty ghat in St. Martin
The Teknaf-St. Martin route in Cox’s Bazar has been closed since Sunday due to hostile weather, as a result, more than 300 tourists are stranded in St. Martin. The administration has made arrangements to keep them safe till the weather returns to normal.
Md. Al-Amin Talukder, who came to St. Martin from Habiganj, said he came here with his family on October 15. The train was scheduled to return to Sylhet on Monday night. But the island's service boat has been closed since Sunday.
Mujibur Rahman, president of St. Martin UP Awami League, said many tourists arrived at St. Martin’s Island every year this season. Due to hostile weather, 300-330 tourists are now stranded on the island. Many have not been able to return as service boats have been closed since Sunday.
An official at the Coast Guard’s St. Martin’s Station in the East Zone said he had learned from hotel and area representatives that about 250-330 tourists were staying on the island. “When the situation became normal, they will be sent to Teknaf,” he added.
Teknaf UNO Parvez Chowdhury said the administration has been looking for tourists since the onset of hostile weather. Arrangements have been made for them to stay safe.
The country’s Met Office has asked the three seaports to display cautionary signal No. 3 and the river ports to display signal No. 1 due to the difference in air pressure in the North Bay. It is raining in Cox’s Bazar with strong sea and squally wind due to the difference in the air pressure.