Cyclone “Amphan”: Cautionary signal for inland river ports
Published: 03:20 PM, 2 May 2020
Low pressure has formed in the Bay of Bengal due to cyclone "Amphan". As squally weather may occur over some regions of the country in the next few hours till 6:00 pm today, river ports are asked to hoist cautionary signal number one.
"In association with rain or thunder showers temporary west or north-westerly (w/nw’ly) gusty or squally wind speed 45-60 kph is likely to occur over the regions of Rangpur, Rajshahi, Pabna, Bogura, Tangail, Mymensingh, Dhaka, Faridpur, Madaripur, Kushtia, Jashore, Khulna, Barishal, Patuakhali, Noakhali, Cumilla, Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar and Sylhet till 6 pm today,” said a Bangladesh Meteorological Department release issued this morning.
In this perspective, river ports are advised to hoist cautionary signal number one.
Meanwhile, the Met Office has predicted light to moderate rain or thundershowers with lightning flashes and temporary gusty or squally wind at many places of the country in the next 24 hours commencing at 9:00 am today.
“Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by lightning flashes and temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to occur at many places over Rajshahi, Dhaka, Khulna, Barishal and Chattogram divisions and at a few places over Rangpur, Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions with moderately heavy to heavy falls at places over the country,” said a Met Office bulletin issued here this morning.
Meanwhile, strong cyclone "Amphan" has begun its rampage in the Bay of Bengal since Thursday. After being more active, it is likely to hit the coastal area of Myanmar on Saturday, predicted the country's meteorological department.
The global meteorological agency Aku forecasted this in a report.
In a special bulletin about Cyclone Amphan, the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center said that a low pressure has formed near the South Andaman Sea and the Nicobar Islands. It may hit the Cox's Bazar and Chittagong coast of Bangladesh via Myanmar in the next 48 hours, ie; by Monday.
Heavy rains are likely to occur in Chittagong and Barisal divisions from May 5 to May 7 due to the effect of cyclone Amphan. Meanwhile, other parts of the country may experience moderately heavy to heavy falls.