BD ports raise warning signal 2 as deep depression over Bay of Bengal intensifies into cyclone storm

The Meteorological department of Bangladesh has asked the maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Pyra to hoist distant warning signal number two as the deep depression over Southeast Bay intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘Asani’.

The Meteorological Department in its special bulletin on Sunday morning said that the cyclone Asani is centred about 1255 kilometres south-southwest of Chattogram port, 1175 kilometres South-Southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 1250 kilometres south of Mongla port and 1205 kilometres south of Payra port. It is likely to intensify further and move in a Northwesterly direction.

The maximum sustained wind speed within 54 kilometres of the cyclonic storm centre is about 62 kilometre per hour (kmph) rising to about 88 kmph in gusts or squalls. Sea will remain very rough near the cyclone centre, said the forecast.

All 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 have been advised not to venture into the sea.

Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in its bulletin on Sunday morning at 6 a.m. issued the tropical cyclone advisory number 2 for Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea valid for the next 120 hours.

The forecast said that the cyclone is likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm over East Central Bay of Bengal during the next 12 hours. It is very likely to continue to move northwestwards till 1200 UTC on 10th May.