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‘Phethai’ intensifies, likely to hit Indian coast

  • Published at 10:40 am December 17th, 2018
Cyclonic storm ‘Phethai’ intensifies UNB

Maritime ports in Bangladesh were asked to hoist signal 2

Coastal areas in India's Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are on high alert as the cyclonic “Phethai” storm developing over the Bay of Bengal is set to make landfall around Kakinada.

The cyclone is likely to make landfallon Monday afternoon, the Indian Met office said.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) of India has been put on high alert along with the Coast Guard, reports the UNB.

Nearly 350 vulnerable coastal villages of 30 mandals in the northern coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh and many districts of southern Bengal have been put on high alert by their respective administrations in view of the cyclone.

Earlier on November 16, at least 11 people were reported killed as a powerful cyclone “Gaja” battered India's eastern coast.

Meanwhile, maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted distant warning signal 2, as cyclonic storm “Phethai” over west-central bay and adjoining southwest bay moved northwestwards over the same area.

It was centred about 1,385km southwest of Chittagong port on Sunday midnight, 1,345km southwest of Cox's Bazar port, 1,235km southwest of Mongla port and 1,250km southwest of Payra port, a special bulletin of the Dhaka met office said.

It is likely to move in a north/northwesterly direction, the bulletin said.

Maximum sustained wind speeds within 64km of the severe cyclone centre is about 89kph rising to 117kph in gusts/squalls.

The sea will remain high near the severe cyclone centre.

All fishing boats and trawlers over north bay have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice.

They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.