“We are keeping a close watch on cyclone Yaas. Our observation will continue until it is over,” he told the meeting.

He said, “If for any reason it changes direction, we will take our people to shelters. Shelters have been set up. People have also been asked to be ready.”

Earlier on 22 May, Enamur said that Cyclone centres, three times more than required, are being set up in compliance with health guidelines keeping in mind the coronavirus situation to provide shelter to coastal people if cyclone Yaas strikes Bangladesh.

The minister said that authorities are aiming to bring all the people in need of shelter to the cyclone centres in an attempt to keep the mortality rate zero in case the cyclone hits Bangladesh.

Earlier Monday, the maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra were advised to hoist distant warning signal No. 2 on Monday instead of cautionary No. 1 as the depression over the Southeast Bay and adjoining Andaman Sea intensified into cyclonic storm “Yaas”.

The depression over East-Central Bay and adjoining area moved north-westwards and intensified into a cyclonic storm “Yaas” over the same area.

In a special weather bulletin, the Met Office said at 06.00am today, it was about 775 kilometres south-southwest of Chattogram port, 605 km south-southwest of Cox's Bazar port, 650 km south of Mongla port and 605 km south of Payra port.

It is likely to intensify further and move in a north-north-westerly direction.

The sea will remain very rough near the depression centre.

All the fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution. They were also advised not to venture into the deep sea.