Severe cyclonic storm Mora will cross Bangladesh within several hours, a meteorologist has said.
“Mora will likely pass over the country around 12pm on Tuesday,” meteorologist Rubayet Kabir told the Dhaka Tribune.
The storm made landfall between 6am to 7am with wind speed of up to 130kmph in Saint Martin and 150kmph at Cox’s Bazar port, Cox’s Bazar Met office's meteorologist of AKM Nazmul Haque said.
It crossed the coastal district around 8:15am.
Bangladesh had raised the danger signal to the highest level on Monday, shut down water transport services and evacuated hundreds of thousands of people to safety.
Danger Signal 10 has been issued for Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur and other islands and shoals.
The country is still recovering from flash floods that hit its northeast last month and wiped out nearly 700,000 tonnes of rice, pushing up rice prices to record high and bringing down state reserves to 10-year lows.
As cyclone Mora battered the Saint Martin's island, it either destroyed or damaged nearly 70% homes, the union parishad's Chairman Nur Ahmed said.
According to the latest weather bulletin, Chittagong and Cox's Bazar sea ports have been asked to continue to hoist Danger Signal 10. Mongla and Payra sea ports are hoisting Danger Signal 8.
The severe cyclone formed in the central Bay of Bengal on Sunday, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department said.
Torrential rain has been forecast for northeastern Indian states of Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh as Mora moved further up the Bay of Bengal.