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Cyclone Mocha: Heavy rain may trigger flash floods, landslides in 3 divisions

Water levels in Meghna and Padma rivers are likely to increase

Update : 13 May 2023, 08:53 PM

Chittagong, Sylhet, Barisal divisions are likely to witness maximum rainfall of up to 289 millimetres (mm) due to Cyclone Mocha, which is expected to hit Bangladesh on Sunday.

Many coastal areas in Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Rangamati and Bandarban districts are at risk of flash floods and landslides, said the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre.

Heavy (44-88mm) to very heavy (289mm) rainfall is likely to occur in Chittagong, Sylhet, and Barisal divisions within the next 48 hours from 6pm on Saturday due to Cyclone Mocha.

Water levels in Meghna and Padma rivers are likely to increase.

Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) has also expressed fear that landslides may occur in hilly areas of Cox's Bazar, Bandarban, Rangamati, Khagrachhari and Chittagong due to the heavy rainfall.

Cyclone Mocha is gradually moving further toward the coast and is now 630km away.

The maximum wind speed has now increased to 190km per hour on Saturday.

According to the special weather bulletin of BMD, the very strong cyclonic storm Mocha, located in the East-Central Bay of Bengal and surrounding areas, is moving north-northeastward and becoming more concentrated in the same area. 

It was 705km south-southwest of Chittagong seaport, 630km south-southwest of Cox's Bazar seaport, 695km south of Mongla seaport and 645km south of Payra seaport on Saturday afternoon.

The maritime port of Cox's Bazar has been asked to hoist great danger signal no 10 lowering the previous great danger signal no eight (8).

At the same time, Chittagong and Payra ports have been asked to hoist great danger signal no eight and Mongla local warning signal no four (4).

State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Md Enamur Rahman announced this in a briefing at the secretariat on Saturday.

All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice.

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