Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013

CYCLONE MAHASEN

Rain, gust herald cyclone approach

Heavy rain pours in as all kids of activities remain suspended at the Mongla Port due to the Cyclone Mahasen. Photo courtesy: Mahbub Alam Lablu

Heavy rain pours in as all activities remain suspended at the Mongla Port due to the Cyclone Mahasen. Photo courtesy: Mahbub Alam Lablu

Many coastal districts are witnessing rain and strong wind with Cyclone Mahasen closing in on the country Thursday.

While our correspondents reported from different coastal areas that wind, coupled with rain, started to blow at different time on Wednesday, people in the capital witnessed the similar impact around 4:30 this morning.

Within a couple of hours, heavy rain started to pour in Dhaka. With it began gusty wind.

“The wind and drizzle will become stronger as the cyclone nears the Bangladesh coast,” Rashiduzzaman, a weather expert at Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) told reporters at 5:30am.

Condition in most of the districts is cloudy and hazy while a few in the southern part of the country have seen thunderstorm.

According to him, the strong wind and drizzle are just impacts of the front part of the cyclonic storm that originated early this month in the Bay of Bengal.

“Besides leaving a trail of destruction in the area it would pass over, a cyclone generally has impact over a wide region, which sees strong rain and wind,” said Rashiduzzaman.

As forecast by the BMD, rain has been reported in Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barisal, Pirojpur, Jhalkati, Bagherhat, Khulna and Satkhira districts.

Our correspondent reported from Cox’s Bazar that a drizzle that was continuing from Wednesday turned into heavy rain at 6:30am.

The sea has become rough with high tide falling on the shore, he added.

Meanwhile, a drizzle in Patuakhali and adjacent districts in the coastal belt have seen similar pre-landfall impact from Wednesday evening.

The cyclone, which is feared to hit the coastal region by the noon, started to affect the country’s southern tip at Kuakata with strong wind and heavy rain.

According to BMD forecast, storm surge of 8-10 feet height above normal astronomical tide may inundate the low-lying areas of the 15 coastal districts.