DHAKA: Bangladesh Meteorological Department has asked maritime ports of Mongla and Payra to hoist danger signal number seven, and port of Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar to hoist danger signal number six, due to the intensified very severe cyclonic storm Amphan.
At a special weather bulletin on Monday afternoon (May 18), weatherman Bazlur Rashid of the Met office advised the maritime ports to lower its earlier local warning signal no four.
According to the bulletin, the very severe cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’ over southeast Bay and adjoining southwest Bay moved northwards and intensified over the west central Bay and adjoining south Bay and was centred at 3:00pm today (May 18).
It is likely to intensify further and move in a northerly direction and then recurve north-northeastwards and may cross Bangladesh coast between Khulna-Chattogram during late night of May 19 to May 20 afternoon/evening.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 85kms of the cyclone centre is about 210 kph rising to 220 kph in gusts/ squalls. Sea will remain very high near the cyclone centre.
Coastal districts of Satkhira, Khulna, Bagherhat, Jhalokathi, Pirozpur, Borguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barishal, Laxmipur, chandpur and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal
Coastal districts of Noakhali, Feni, Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal number six.
Under the influence of the very severe cyclonic storm “Amphan” and the new moon phase, the low-lying areas of those districts, offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by storm surge of 4-5 feet height above normal astronomical tide.
These areas also might experience wind speed up to 140-160 kph in gusts/squalls with heavy to very heavy falls during the passage of the storm.
All fishing boats and trawlers over north bay and deep sea have been advised to take shelter immediately and will remain in shelter till further notice.
BDST: 1808 HRS, MAY 18, 2020