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Cyclone Fani weakens further, moves over Khulna region

  • Published at 09:17 am May 4th, 2019
Cyclone-Fani
Indian residents ride a bike along a road after Cyclone Fani landfall in Puri in the eastern Indian state of Odisha on May 3, 2019 AFP

The maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted danger signal no 7

The powerful cyclonic storm Fani has weakened into a regular size cyclonic storm and moved over Satkhira, Jashore and Khulna regions and adjoining areas.

It is likely to move in a north-northeasterly direction further inland over Bangladesh, said a Met Office special bulletin issued at 8:32am on Saturday.

Under the influence of the storm, the sky remains overcast and thunder showers with squally wind is continuing over Bangladesh.

The maximum sustained wind speed within 54 kilometres of the storm centre is about 62kph rising to 88kph in gusts. Sea will remain very rough.

The maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted danger signal no 7 while the coastal districts of Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barisal, Pirojpur, Jhalakathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal no 7.

The maritime port of Chittagong has been advised to keep hoisted danger signal no 6. The coastal districts of Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal no 6.

The maritime port of Cox's Bazar has been advised to keep hoisted local warning signal no 4.

Under the influence of Fani and the new Moon phase, the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barisal, Pirojpur, Jhalakathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by storm surge of two to four feet height above normal astronomical tide.

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

Bangladesh has been feeling the peripheral effect of 'Fani' since Friday morning. A number of villages and shoals in coastal districts have already been inundated.

A total 1,240,795 people have been evacuated to cyclone centres in coastal districts till Friday evening.

As many as 4,071 cyclone centres have been opened in 19 coastal districts while directives have been issued to use schools and colleges as shelter centres.

The Navy has deployed 32 ships in Chittagong, Khulna and Mongla for emergency rescue operations and relief work. Naval contingents are on standby for immediate deployment in coastal areas.

The government has also set up control rooms. The National Disaster Response Coordination Centre is providing updates.