Cyclone Amphan: 5-10 foot tall tidal waves likely...

Dhaka, Tuesday   14 July 2020

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Cyclone Amphan: 5-10 foot tall tidal waves likely

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 10:36 AM, 19 May 2020   Updated: 02:41 PM, 19 May 2020

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The super cyclone ‘Amphan’ over the west-central bay and adjoining area moved north-northeastwards and now lies over the same area. It is likely to move in a north-northeasterly direction and may cross Bangladesh coast between Khulna-Chattogram during late night to afternoon/evening on Wednesday. 

Met Office predicted that under the influence of “Amphan” the low-lying areas of the coastal districts may be inundated by the storm surge of 5-10 feet height above normal astronomical tide. 

"Under the influence of the very severe cyclonic storm “Amphan” and the new moon phase, the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Satkhira, Khulna, Bagherhat, Jhalokathi, Pirozpur, Borguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barishal, Laxmipur, Chandpur, Noakhali, Feni, Chattogram and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by the storm surge of 5-10 feet height above normal astronomical tide," Met Office said, in its special weather bulletin number 24 issued at 9:30 am on Tuesday. 

Besides, the coastal districts of Satkhira, Khulna, Bagherhat, Jhalokathi, Pirozpur, Borguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barishal, Laxmipur, Chandpur, Noakhali, Feni, Chattogram and their offshore islands and chars are likely to experience wind speed up to 140-160 kph in gusts/squalls with heavy to very heavy falls during the passage of the storm.

"Amphan" was centred at 09:00 am today about 845 km southwest of Chattogram port, 795 km southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 730 km south-southwest of Mongla port and 725 km south-southwest of Payra port. 

According to the bulletin, maximum sustained wind speed within 90 kms of the cyclone centre is about 225 kph rising to 245 kph in gusts/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, Jhalokathi, Pirozpur, Borguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barishal, Laxmipur, 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.  

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

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