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BMD: Cyclone Mocha resembles Sidr

The two cyclones share certain characteristics, says BMD director

Update : 11 May 2023, 06:59 PM

Cyclone Mocha shares similarities with the 2007 Cyclone Sidr that ravaged Bangladesh, Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) has said.

The two cyclones share certain characteristics, said BMD Director Md Azizur Rahman at a press conference on Thursday.

Cyclone Mocha exhibits distinctive branding and a specific eye formation which were also observed during Cyclone Sidr, the official noted.

Mocha is expected to intensify into a severe cyclone by midnight and further strengthen into a very severe cyclone on Friday, he added.

Azizur Rahman further said: "Country's coastal areas are likely to experience light to moderate rainfall and gusty winds after Saturday as a result of Cyclone Mocha.”

The cyclonic storm was now centered 1255km south-southeast of Chittagong port, 1180km south-southeast of Cox's Bazar, 1220km south-southeast of Mongla port, and 1185km south-east of Payra port, he noted.

Maximum sustained wind within 54km of the cyclone centre is about 62kph (kilometer per hour) rising to 88kph in gust or squalls. The sea will remain very rough near the cyclone centre.

Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to lower distant cautionary signal number 1 and instead hoist distant warning signal 2 as the depression over the southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining area moved north-northwestwards and intensified into cyclonic storm Mocha over the same area.

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