The very severe cyclonic storm Amphan in the Bay of Bengal has intensified into a super cyclone and is moving towards Bangladesh coast.
Amphan may cross Bangladesh coast between Khulna-Chattogram during Tuesday late night or Wednesday afternoon or evening,” the Met Office said in a special bulletin.
According to Marine Bulletin of 6.00am on Tuesday, it was centred at about 890 km Southwest of Chattogram Port, 840km Southwest of Cox’s Bazar Port, 785km South-Southwest of Mongla Port and 775km South-Southwest of Payra Port.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 90 kms of the cyclone centre is about 225 km per hour, rising to 245 km per hour in gusts. Sea will remain very high near the centre, said the bulletin.
Maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted danger signal 7. Meanwhile, maritime ports of Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar were told to hoist danger signal 6.
Coastal districts of Satkhira, Khulna, Bagherhat, Jhalakathi, Pirozpur, Borguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barishal, Laxmipur, Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal 7.
Meanwhile, Noakhali, Feni, Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal 6.
Majority of the coastal districts are likely to be battered by wind blowing at speed of up to 140-160kph in gusts or squalls with heavy to very heavy rainfall during the passage of the storm.
Under the influence of ‘Amphan’ and the new moon phase, low-lying areas of Satkhira, Khulna, Bagherhat, Jhalakathi, Pirozpur, Borguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barishal, Laxmipur, Chandpur, Noakhali, Feni, Chattogram and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by storm surge of 4-5 feet height above normal astronomical tide.
All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea have been advised to take shelter immediately and to remain in shelter until further notice.