Dhaka – A tropical cyclone is heading towards southern coast of Bangladesh prompting the authorities to take precautionary measures in the coastal districts, the government said on Friday.
Cyclone Bulbul with wind speeds between 62 and 88 kilometers per hour within 54 kilometers in its center may intensify further in the Bay of Bengal and move towards Bangladesh, according to Bangladesh meteorological department.
It said the storm was 710 kilometers away from Cox’s Bazar, the southern-most district of Bangladesh, on Friday morning.
“It may hit Bangladesh any time between Saturday and Sunday,” said meteorologist Abdur Rahman. The movement of the storm is under observation,
Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to remain alert.
The met office also asked all fishing boats venturing into the bay for to return to the coast and remain in shelter until further notice.
Heavy rain is likely to batter parts of Bangladesh due to the influence of the storm, according to the bulletin.
At the influence of the cyclone, most part of Bangladesh’s sky remain overcast on Friday.
Because of its location, Bangladesh witnesses tropical storms lashing most part frequently.
A powerful cyclone devastated the south-eastern parts of Bangladesh on April 29, 1991, killing more than 100,000 people and making millions homeless. The South Asian country was hit by many other cyclones in the following years, but the loss of life and property could be lessened thanks to an improved early warning system in place.