Around 1,200 tourists have been stranded in St Martin's Island as ship services of Teknaf to St. Martin sea route has been halted due to adverse weather ahead of Cyclone Bulbul.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) Md Asharaful Afsar ordered the halting of ship services until further notice after Maritime ports of Chattogram asked to hoist signal No 3 on November 7.
However, Maritime ports today asked to hoist cautionary signal No 4, according to Cox's Bazar Meteorological Office.
St. Martin Union Parishad Chairman Nur Ahmad claimed, "Enough security measures have been taken for the stranded tourists."
"Hotels authorities have been asked to provide services to the tourists without any inconvenience. There are five cyclone shelters and several multi-storey buildings on the island. We will move the tourists there if Maritime ports raise signal no," he added.