Maritime ports asked to keep hoisted local cautionary signal 3

DHAKA, Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal no. three as a well marked low intensified into a monsoon depression over Northwest Bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh, according to a Met office special weather bulletin.

It was centred at 3pm today about 460 km westsouthwest of Chittagong port, 450 km westsouthwest of Cox's Bazar port, 280 km southwest of Mongla port and 305 km southwest of Payra port and it is likely to intensify further and move in a westnorthwesterly direction.

Under its influence steep pressure gradient persists over North Bay and adjoining coastal areas and deep convection is taking place over North Bay. Squally weather is likely to affect the maritime ports, North Bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh.

The Met office said under the influence of monsoon depression the lowlying areas of the coastal districts of Cox's Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Borguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barisal, Pirozpur, Jhalokathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by wind driven surge of 12 feet height above normal astronomical tide.

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

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)