by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Bangladesh is likely to be spared the wrath of Yaas as the tropical cyclone brewing in the Bay of Bengal headed towards Odisha and West Bengal states of neighboring India.
India has evacuated thousands of people living in the low-laying areas in the costal districts while Bangladesh kept its shelters prepared in case the storm veers any time on its way, officials of both countries told media.
The cyclone could pack sustained wind up top 165 kilometers per hour when it is likely to make the landfall in Odisha coast sometime on Wednesday morning, according to the Indian meteorological department. It is likely to barrel through parts of Odisha and Bengal before it turning into a land depression on Saturday.
Met office in Dhaka, meanwhile alerted maritime Bangladeshi ports over the cyclone. In a special bulletin it reported the severe cyclonic storm was centred about 575 km south-southwest of Chattogram port, 520 km south-southwest of Cox’s Bazar, 515 km south-southwest of Mongla port and 480 km south-southwest of Payra port on Tuesday morning.
The storm is likely to intensify further, move in a north-northwesterly direction and may reach the northwest by early Wednesday.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 64 kilometers of the cyclone centre was about 89 kilometers per hour rising to 117 kilometers per hour in gusts
All fishing boats have been advised to take shelter and remain in safety until further notice.