Depression at bay: nearly 400 tourists stuck on St Martin’s island



Bad weather has stranded nearly 400 tourists on Saint Martin’s Island. They could not return yesterday as the well-marked low over the northwest Bay and adjoining west-central Bay moved north-westwards and intensified into a depression over the North-west Bay and adjoining area.

Among the tourists, there is a group of 300 people from Cox’s Bazar who went 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 400 people stuck on the Island.

They were scheduled to return Thursday but could not go back due to the rough weather, he said. Tourists had been asked to leave the island on Wednesday but many did not listen.

Teknaf Model Police Officer-in-Charge (OC) Hafizur Rahman said the tourists are safe and the island’s police outpost has been instructed to keep an eye on them.

Teknaf Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md Saiful Islam said he is taking regular updates of the tourists.

St Martin’s, situated a few miles off the coast in the blue waters of the Bay of Bengal, is considered 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.

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