Dhaka – Bangladesh has been getting prepared to face the impact as a powerful cyclone formed in the Bay of Bengal was heading towards the country’s coast alongside its likely landfall on coastline of Andhra and Odessa states of India.
Dhaka met office said Wednesday the cyclone Fani with 160 to 180 kilometers per hour within 74 kilometers from its center was 1,190 kilometers south-west of Cox’s Bazar, the southernmost district of Bangladesh.
The storm, categorized as very severe, is likely to turn to be a category-4 hurricane like Sidr that battered Bangladesh’s coastline in November 2007, according to meteorologists.
The storm was moving in a north-westerly direction towards the coastline of Bangladesh and Indian State of Odessa, Abul Kalam Mallik, a meteorologist in Dhaka met office said.
All fishing boats and trawlers venturing in the Bay of Bengal were asked to remain in shelter until further notice.
AccuWeather in a report said that the Fani is expected to remain a dangerous cyclone as it approaches and makes landfall along the coast of eastern India between Thursday night and Friday.
More than 100 million people in India and Bangladesh are in the potential path of the life-threatening tropical cyclone, according to the report.
Fani with wind speed equal to a Category-3 hurricane in the Atlantic or East Pacific oceans is expected to turn to be a category-4 hurricane with wind speed of 213 kilometers per hour by Thursday.
Apart from the Sidr on November 15, 2007, a powerful cyclone devastated the south-eastern parts of Bangladesh on April 29, 1991 killing more than 100,000 people.
In India, residents from northern Andhra Pradesh to Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Bihar are at risk for impacts from the approaching cyclone. It may also cause flooding in some parts of the country.