DHAKA, May 29, 2017 (BSS) - Maritime ports of Chittagong and Cox's Bazar have been advised to hoist great danger signal number 10 while Mongla and Payra ports to hoist great danger signal number eight.
Coastal districts of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal number ten while coastal districts of Bhola, Borguna, Patuakhali, Barisal, Pirozpur, Jhalokathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal number eight, said a Met office special weather bulletin here this evening.
The cyclonic storm 'Mora' over north-bay and adjoining east central bay moved slightly northwards further over the same area, intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and centered at 6 pm today about 385 kms south of Chittagong port, 305 kms south of Cox's Bazar port, 450 kms south-southeast of Mongla port and 370 kms south-southeast of Payra port.
It is likely to intensify further, move in a northerly direction and may cross Chittagong - Cox's Bazar coast by tomorrow morning.
Under the peripheral influence of severe cyclonic storm 'Mora,' the gusty or squally wind with rain or thunder showers is likely to continue over north-bay and the coastal districts and maritime ports of Bangladesh.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 62 kms of the cyclone centre is about 89 kph rising to 117 kph in gusts or squalls. Sea will remain rough near the system.
Under the influence of the severe cyclonic storm 'Mora' the low-lying 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 storm surge of 4-5 feet height above normal astronomical tide.
The coastal districts of Cox's Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Borguna, Patuakhali, Barisal, Bhola, Pirozpur, Jhalokathi, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to experience wind speeding up to 89-117 kph in gusts or squalls with heavy to very heavy falls during the passage of the severe cyclonic storm.
All fishing boats and trawlers over north-bay and deep sea have been
advised to remain in shelter till further notice, the bulletin added.
Besides, Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has already stopped loading and unloading of goods from the vessels anchored both port jetties and its outer anchorage from 10 am today in the backdrop of the cyclonic storm formed over east central Bay.
The vessels, anchored at the jetties are being taken to the safer places especially in outer anchorage with a view to protecting the jetties from any impending destruction likely to be caused by the cyclone, CPA Secretary Omar Farook told BSS.
Meanwhile, the government has also undertaken all out preparatory measures to provide support to cyclone affected people at coastal areas amid cyclone 'MORA' heading towards the north.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)