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Sitrang likely to hit 19 coastal districts Tuesday

The Meteorological Department had predicted that the deep depression will turn into a cyclone on Sunday evening

Update : 23 Oct 2022, 06:52 PM

At least 19 districts of the coast may be affected if the deep depression created in the Bay of Bengal turns into a cyclone, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman said on Sunday citing Met office forecast.

The minister made the disclosure while briefing the press in Dhaka on Sunday.

He said: “Low pressure formed on October 20 at 9:30am in the Andaman Sea and Southeast Bay of Bengal gradually turned into depression on Saturday. Eventually, it became a deep depression on Sunday.”

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department had predicted that the deep depression will turn into a cyclone on Sunday evening. This is when the cyclone was named Sitrang.

The deep depression may take a north-easterly turn after reaching the intersection of 87 degrees longitude and 17 degrees latitude, the weather forecast said. If it turns northeast, it will hit all 19 districts along the 730km stretch from Cox's Bazar to Satkhira.

The cyclone is expected to hit the coastal areas of Bangladesh within 24 hours from Monday night to Tuesday evening.

The state minister said that it will not be a super cyclone rather a severe cyclone with speed of 90 to 110km per hour.

When asked about the preparations to deal with the cyclone, the state minister said: “We began preparations when the low pressure formed.”

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