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Maritime ports of Mongla, Payra, Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar have been advised to lower local cautionary signal number to three as cyclone Amphan has weakened into a land depression, said the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).

Cyclone Amphan, over Jhenaidah district and adjoining area, moved northwards and was lying over Rajshahi-Pabna region and adjoining areas at 6:00am on Thursday as a land deep depression, the BMD said in the latest bulletin.

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It is likely to move in a North-Northeasterly direction further and weaken gradually through precipitation.

Under its influence, steep pressure gradient persists over North Bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh and sea will remain rough.

Four deaths were reported from three districts after cyclone ‘Amphan’ battered the coastal region with wind speed of 160-180 kph at its centre on Wednesday evening.

Storm surge warning

Under the influence of steep pressure gradient and the new moon areas of the coastal districts of Satkhira, Khulna, Bagerhat, Jhalakathi, Pirojpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barishal, Lakshmipur, Chandpur, Noakhali, Feni, Chattogram and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by the surge height of 4-6 feet above normal astronomical tide.

Wind warning

The coastal districts of Satkhira, Khulna, Bagerhat, Jhalakathi, Pirojpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola and Barishal, Lakshmipur, Chandpur, Noakhali, Feni, Chattogram and their offshore islands and chars are likely to experience wind speed of 40-50 kph with heavy falls today (Thursday).

All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice.

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