Met Office says cyclone may cross Bangladesh between late Monday and Wednesday evening
Bangladesh Meteorological Department has raised its storm alert as cyclone Amphan nears the coastal areas of the country.
It has asked maritime ports of Mongla and Payra to hoist danger signal number seven.
Danger signal number six has also been advised for the ports in Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar.
Meanwhile, the coastal districts of Satkhira, Khulna, Bagherhat, Jhalokathi, Pirozpur, Borguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barisal, Laxmipur, Chandpur, Noakhali, Feni, Chittagong, and their offshore islands and chars have been advised to hoist danger signal number seven.
State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman disclosed the matter during an online press briefing held on Monday.
“The government has decided to evacuate the vulnerable coastal people to cyclone centres, starting from Tuesday afternoon, as cyclone Amphan is moving towards Bangladesh’s coastal areas,” he said.
Earlier in the day, a meeting of the Cyclone Preparedness Program (CPP) and National Disaster Response Coordination Group (NDRCG) – chaired by Dr Md Enamur Rahman – was held at the Bangladesh Secretariat to discuss the responses and action plans for cyclone Amphan.
According to the latest special cyclone bulletin, the very severe cyclonic storm over southeast Bay and adjoining southwest Bay moved northwards and intensified over the west-central Bay and adjoining south Bay.
As of 3pm on Monday, it was centred about 1,075km south-southwest of Chittagong port, 1,015km south-southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 985km south-southwest of Mongla port and 970km south-southwest of Payra port.
The cyclone is likely to intensify further and move in a northerly direction and then recurve north-northeast wards and, crossing the Bangladesh coast between Khulna-Chittagong between late on Monday and Wednesday evening, it said.
The maximum sustained wind speed within 85 km of the cyclone centre was about 210kmph rising to 220kmph in gusts and squalls, at that time.