Volunteers ask people to go to cyclone centres in Barishal Launch Ghat area on Tuesday morning
Volunteers ask people to go to cyclone centres in Barishal Launch Ghat area on Tuesday morningSaiyan

The Super Cyclonic Storm ‘Amphan’ over West Central Bay of Bengal moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 17 kilometres per hour (kmph) during past six hours, reports news agency BSS.

It lay centred as an extremely severe cyclonic storm over West Central Bay of Bengal about 420 km nearly south of Odisha, 570km South-Southwest of West Bengal and 700km south-southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh at 12:30pm today (Tuesday).

It is likely to move north-northeast wards across northwest Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha and Hatiya islands, close to the Sundarbans from afternoon to evening hours on Wednesday with maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph, said the Indian Meteorological Department in its latest cyclone bulletin issued at 2:00pm today of Indian standard time.

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The Bangladesh Meteorological Department added that the super cyclone ‘Amphan’ over West Central Bay and adjoining area moved North- Northeastwards and lies over the same area as an extremely severe cyclonic storm. It was centred about 785 km southwest of Chattogram port, 740 km southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 670 km south-southwest of Mongla port and 665 km south-southwest of Payra port at 3:00pm today.

It is likely to move in a north-northeasterly direction and may cross Bangladesh coast between Khulna-Chattogram during afternoon to evening on Wednesday, said the BMD special storm warning bulletin released at 3:00pm.

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Maximum sustained wind speed within 85 kms of the cyclone centre is about 200 kph rising to 220 kph in gusts or squalls. Sea will remain very high near the super cyclone centre.

Maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted danger signal number seven.

Coastal districts of Satkhira, Khulna, Bagherhat, Jhalakathi, Pirozpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barishal, Lakshmipur, Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal number seven.

Maritime ports of Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar have been advised to keep hoisted danger signal number six.

Coastal districts of Noakhali, Feni, Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal number six.

Under the influence of the cyclone and the new moon phase, the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Satkhira, Khulna, Bagherhat, Jhalakathi, Pirozpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barishal, Lakshmipur, Chandpur, Noakhali, Feni, Chattogram and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by storm surge of 5-10 feet height above normal astronomical tide.

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The coastal districts of Satkhira, Khulna, Bagherhat, Jhalakathi, Pirozpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barishal, Lakshmipur, Chandpur, Noakhali, Feni, Chattogram and their offshore islands and chars are likely to experience wind speed up to 140-160 kph in gusts or squalls with heavy to very heavy falls during the passage of the cyclone.

All fishing boats and trawlers over north bay and deep sea have been advised to take shelter immediately and will remain in shelter till further notice.