DHAKA: The very severe cyclonic storm 'Bulbul' is likely to hit the southern coastlines of Bangladesh on Saturday night (November 9).
It is going to cross West Bengal-Khulna coast near the Sundarbans by mid-
According to the latest met office bulletin, maximum sustained wind speed within 74km of the very severe cyclone centre is about 120kph, rising to 140kph in gusts or squalls and will remain very high near the very severe cyclonic centre. Sea will remain very high near the very severe cyclone centre.
Coastal districts of Bhola, Borguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirozpur, Jhalokathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars will come under great danger signal number 10.
Bangladesh authorities ordered a massive evacuation campaign as the met office overnight issued its highest warning signal.
Disaster ministry officials said thousands of people already moved to safe shelters as the evacuation campaign was underway particularly in nine southwestern coastal districts which were likely to swallow the maximum brunt of the cyclone codenamed “Bulbul”.
18 lakh people are being evacuated to 4,071 shelters by today. People have started shifting since Friday. The Navy, the Coast Guard, have brought back ships from the sea.
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).
BDST: 1937 HRS, NOV 09, 2019