The severe cyclonic storm Fani is likely to hit Khulna and its adjoining south and southwestern parts of Bangladesh by Midnight.
“The cyclonic storm already has crossed the Odisha coast of India and it is approaching towards the west Bengal and likely to hit Khulna and its adjoining area of Bangladesh,” said Shamsuddin Ahmed, director of Bangladesh Meteorological Department.
The meteorologist said this while addressing a press briefing at Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) office at Agargaon.
Ahmed requested the people living in the low-lying areas to take refuge to cyclone shelters quickly as the country is now faced with the risk of the cyclone storm ‘Fani’.
The cyclone ‘Fani’ will cross the country over the night and the low-lying areas of the coastal region also will be inundated by storm surge of 4-5 feet high above normal astronomical tide, said the official.
The very severe cyclonic storm over northwest bay and adjoining west-central bay moved slightly north-northeastwards over the same area and was centred at 3pm today about 445 km southwest of Mongla port, 495 km southwest of Payra port, 660 km west-southwest of Cox’s Bazar port and 660 km west-southwest of Chattogram port, it said.
The bulletin said Khulna and adjoining southwestern coastal region of Bangladesh may experience the peripheral effect of the ‘Fani’.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 74-km of the storm centre is about 140-kph rising to 160-kph in gusts or squalls. Sea will remain very high near the cyclone centre.
The Met office asked maritime ports of Mongla and Payra to keep hoisting danger signal number seven and maritime port of Chattogram has been advised to hoist danger signal number six.
Coastal districts of Bhola, Borguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalokathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars come under danger signal number seven, while coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars under danger signal number six, it said.
Maritime port of Cox’s Bazar has been advised to keep hoisting local warning signal number four.
Under the influence of the very severe cyclonic storm “Fani” and the new moon phase, the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Borguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirozpur, Jhalokathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by storm surge of 4-5 feet high above normal astronomical tide, the weather bulletin said.
The coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Borguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Bhola, Pirojpur, Jhalokathi, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars may experience wind speed up to 80-100 kph in gusts or squalls with heavy to very heavy falls during the passage of the storm.
All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay and deep sea have been asked to remain in safe shelter till further notice.