Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mahasen bearing down on coast

Cyclone 515 km away from Mongla at 9pm

A boat goes for safer place Wednesday afternoon as the sea sees rough tide with Cyclone Mahasen approaching Bangladesh coastal region. Photo: Focus Bangla

A boat goes for safer place Wednesday afternoon as the sea sees rough tide with Cyclone Mahasen approaching Bangladesh coastal region. Photo: Focus Bangla

Cyclone Mahasen moved slightly north-northeastwards and lies over north Bay and adjoining west central Bay Wednesday night after approaching within around 500 kilometres towards Bangladesh coastline.

It is likely to intensify further and move in a north-northeasterly direction and may cross between Patuakhali (Khepupara)-Teknaf coast near Chittagong by Thursday morning, said a special weather bulletin of the Met office published at 9:00pm.

Its peripherial squally wind has started affecting coastal regions of Bangladesh, the bulletin added.

Maritime ports of Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar have been advised to keep hoisted danger signal No. seven.

It was centred about 635 kms south southwest of Chittagong port, 580 kms southwest of Cox’s Bazar port and 515 kms south southwest of Mongla port at 9:00pm Wednesday.

Maximum sustained wind speed within 54 kms of the storm centre is about 62 kph rising to 90 kph in gusts/ squalls. Sea will remain very rough near the storm centre.

The coastal districts of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Bhola,

A sattelite image of Mahasen

A sattelite image of Mahasen

Borguna, Patuakhali, Barisal and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal No. seven.

On the other hand, maritime port of Mongla has been advised to keep hoisted danger signal No. five.

The coastal districts of Pirojpur, Jhalakathi, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal No. five.

Under the influence of the storm the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barisal, Pirojpur, Jhalakathi, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by storm surge of eight to ten feet height above normal astronomical tide.

The coastal districts of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barisal, Bhola, Pirojpur, and their offshore islands and chars are likely to experience wind speed up to 90-100 kph in gusts/squalls with heavy to very falls during the passage of the storm.

The coastal districts of Jhalakathi, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to experience wind speed up to 80-90 kph in gusts/ squalls with heavy to very falls during the passage of the storm.

Due to very heavy rainfall, landslide may occur at places over the hilly regions of Chittagong division.

All fishing boats, trawlers and marine vessels over north Bay have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice.

The Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief on Wednesday sent a list containing guidelines and precautions for the locals to the deputy commissioners’ offices of the vulnerable districts, ministry sources said.



  • moh karim

    Bangladesh faced worst storm than this –this is only Category 1. It is good to see that the process is in action and laudable.