Staff Correspondent ;
Dhaka – Both Bangladesh and India have prepared their volunteers as the super cyclone Amphan was heading towards the coastline of the two next-door South Asian neighbours.
The stormed, formed in the Bay of Bengal last week, turned into a super cyclone packing wind speed up to 220 kilometers per hour within 80 kilometers of its center, according to a special bulletin issued on Tuesday by Bangladesh meteorological department.
The cyclone was 665 kilometers away from Bangladesh’s southern Payra maritime port in the afternoon. It is expected to make landfall on Bangladesh coast on Wednesday afternoon, the met office said.
The storm will cover a large swathe of Bangladeshi coast beginning from south-western Khulna, adjacent to Indian state of West Bengal, to Chattogram in the south-east.
The met office earlier, however, said the storm was gaining wind speed from 225 to 245 kilometers per hour in 90 kilometers from its center when it was nearly 800 kilometers away from the coast.
The sea will remain very high near the cyclone center, the met office said alerting maritime ports in southwestern region to hoist danger signal number 7.
Low-laying areas in the coastal districts and offshore island may experience flooding and water surge of nearly 3 meters above normal tide. All fishing boats were asked to remain in safety.
Maritime ports of Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar have, however, been advised to keep hoisted danger signal number six.
Heavy rain along with gusty winds speeding maximum 160 may also occur in most of the south-west coastal district during the passing of the cyclone.