Cyclone Fani moves towards Faridpur-Dhaka region

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

Cyclone Fani moves towards Faridpur-Dhaka region. Photo: A Screen grab of the satellite image of Bangladesh Meteorological DepartmentThe cyclonic storm Fani over Satkhira, Jashore and Khulna regions and adjoining areas moved north-northeastwards further and located over Faridpur-Dhaka region and adjoining areas at 9:00am on Saturday, said a met office bulletin.

It is likely to move in a north-northeasterly direction further, reports UNB.

Under the influence of the cyclone the sky remains cloudy and rain and thunder showers with gusty and squally wind continues in Bangladesh.

Gusty and squally wind with the speed of about 62-88 kilometres per hour is likely to continue over the country and North Bay due to the cyclone. Sea will remain very rough, the bulletin added.

The maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted danger signal no. 7 while the coastal districts of Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal no. 7.

The maritime port of Chattogram has been advised to keep hoisted danger signal no. 6. The coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal no. 6.

The maritime port of Cox's Bazar has been advised to keep hoisted local warning signal no. 4.

Under the influence of Fani and the new moon phase, the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by storm surge of 2-4 feet height above normal astronomical tide.

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

Bangladesh has been feeling the peripheral effect of Fani since Friday morning. A number of villages and shoals in coastal districts have already been inundated.

A total 1,240,795 people have been evacuated to cyclone centres in coastal districts till Friday evening, officials said.

As many as 4,071 cyclone centres have been opened in 19 coastal districts while directives have been issued to use schools and colleges as shelter centres.

The Navy has deployed 32 ships in Chattogram, Khulna and Mongla for emergency rescue operations and relief work. Naval contingents are on standby mode for immediate deployment in coastal areas.

The government has also set up control rooms. The National Disaster Response Coordination Centre has been providing updates of the cyclone.

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