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Cyclonic storm likely later this month: Met Office

Update : 03 Nov 2013, 06:56 PM

A long-range forecast from the Met Office has warned of a possible cyclonic storm forming in the Bay of Bengal later this month.

The forecast, released for the months of October, November and December, said one or two depressions are likely to form over the Bay in November, and one of them might then turn into a cyclone.

“The possibility of a cyclone is very high as October and November are usually considered the most likely season to have cyclones,” said Shah Alam, the director of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).

Local authorities in the coastal districts said they were aware of the forecast and were prepared to deal with any sort of emergency.

Md Ruhul Amin, deputy commissioner of Cox’s Bazar, said, “We are well prepared to deal with this type of natural disaster. After getting cautionary signal from the Met Office, we will take necessary steps such as the rehabilitation of people.”

The authorities in Barguna, Khulna, Sathkhira and Patuakhali also said they had plans and preparations to face any kind of disaster.

The forecast about the cyclone was issued after an expert meeting held in October at the Cyclone Cautionary Centre of BMD.

Usually, a number of depressions develop in the Bay during the months of October and November every year, some of them turning into cyclone. On November 15, 2007, super-cyclone Sidr hit the southwestern coastal belt, leaving around 5,000 people dead.

Another remarkable cyclone during this season, known as Bhola Cyclone, hit the coastal belt on November 12-13, 1970, leaving behind a trail of devastation. The storm reportedly claimed around 100,000 lives and made more than one million people homeless.

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