DHAKA: Bangladesh Meteorological Department has issued great danger signal number 10 for maritime ports of Mongla and Payra as cyclone Bulbul is approaching towards the coasts and is likely to hit Sundarbans in the afternoon.
It also asked maritime port of Chittagong to hoist great danger signal number nine (9).
Low-lying areas of the coastal districts are “likely to be inundated by storm surge of 5-7 feet height above normal astronomical tide” because of the fast-approaching cyclone.
Met Office in a special bulletin at 9am said, “Maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been advised to lower danger signal number 7 but instead hoist great danger signal number 10.”
It also said “Coastal districts of Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, and Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars will come under great danger signal number 10.”
The Chattogram maritime port was “advised to lower danger signal number 6 but instead hoist great danger signal number 9”. On the other hand, the maritime port of Cox’s Bazar was advised to keep hoisted local warning signal number 4.
Coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars will come under great danger signal No 9.
At 9am, cyclone ‘Bulbul’ was about 310 southwest of Mongla port, 335km southwest of Payra port, 490km southwest of Chattogram port, and 480km southwest of Cox’s Bazar port.
According to Met office, the Maximum sustained wind speed within 74kms of the very severe cyclone centre is about 130kph, rising to 150kph. It may cross West Bengal-Khulna coast near the Sundarbans by the evening.
Khulna, Satkhira, Chattogram, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Bhola, Pirojpur, Jhalakathi, and Bagerhat are likely to experience wind speed up to 120kph with heavy to very heavy rainfall during the passage of the storm.
Cyclone shelters have been opened in the coastal regions and holidays of government staff in 13 coastal districts have been cancelled.
BDST: 1159 HRS, NOV 09, 2019