26 May 2024, 09:40
Update : 26 May 2024, 10:30

Danger signal 7 at Payra, Mongla as Cyclone 'Remal' may hit by today evening

DHAKA, May 26, 2024 (BSS) - Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) in its latest bulletin asked maritime ports of Payra and Mongla to keep hoisted danger signal number seven while it issued six for Chattogram and Cox's Bazar.

The Met Office issued the signal number seven and six as deep depression has developed cyclone "Remal" over the Bay of Bengal that may hit Bangladesh by today evening.

"The cyclonic storm 'Remal' is likely to hit southern districts of Bangladesh today," Tariful Newaz Kabir, meteorologist of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) told BSS.

"Under the influence of cyclone, Bangladesh, particularly its southern and southeastern regions may witness heavy to very heavy rainfall," Director General of Department of Disaster Management Mizanur Rahman said

Referring to the data of the Met Office, he said as large size of radius of the cyclone has been developed and significant rainfall may occur in 19 costal districts side by side central parts of the country.

As the cyclonic storm is approaching towards the coastal regions of Bangladesh, much of southern parts may witness rainfall from tonight, Mizanur added.

He said the government has taken all necessary preparations to handle any destructive situation caused by the cyclone.

The DG also said the authorities already directed all relevant organizations alongside involving 78,000 volunteers for launching massive evacuation drive to shift vulnerable populations to safer places.

Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist local cautionary signal number three lowering distant cautionary signal number in the wake of the deep depression over the North Bay, a special weather bulletin of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) said yesterday.

The deep depression over East central bay and adjoining west central bay moved northwards over the same area (near lat: 18.2on, lon: 89.8oe) and was centered at 12 noon yesterday about 500 kms southwest of Chattogram port, 435 kms southwest of Cox's Bazer port, 475 kms south of Mongla port and 425 kms south of Payra port, it added.

 All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea have been advised to take shelter immediately.

The deep depression over eastcentral Bay of Bengal moved nearly northwards with a speed of 11 kmph during past 6 hours and lay centered at 12noon of 25th may, 2024 over the same region near latitude 18.2on and longitude 89.7oe, about 420 km south of Khepupara, about 420 km south-southeast of Sagar Islands (West Bengal) and 460 km south-southeast of canning ( West Bengal), according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

It is very likely to continue to move nearly northwards and intensify into a cyclonic storm over Eastcentral and adjoining north bay of Bengal around May 25 evening. Continuing to move further northwards.

It would intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by 26th may morning and cross Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal coasts between Sagar Island and Khepupara by May 26 midnight as a severe cyclonic storm with wind speed of 110-1 20 gusting to 135 kmph.

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