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‘Remal’ may hit coast today

Great danger signal for four ports

Published : 25 May 2024 11:11 PM

A severe cyclonic storm ‘Remal’ may make its landfall on the coastal belt of Sathkhira and Cox’s Bazar today with a wind speed of 110-120 gusting to 135 kilometres per hour. 

Meteorologists fear that the strong depression formed in the Bay of Bengal may intensify into a severe cyclone by gathering strength before making the landfall.

The Bangladesh Meteorological Department asked the Payra and Mongla maritime ports to hoist Cautionary Signal 7 and Cox's Bazar and Chattogram sea ports to hoist Cautionary Signal 6 as the sea grows rough.

Within the 54km periphery of Cyclone Remal, the wind speed is 62kmh, which could increase up to 88 kmh, said met officials.

According to Indian Meteorological Department, the depression is continuing to move further northwards. It may intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by this morning and cross Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal coasts between Sagar Island (42731, West Bengal) and Khepupara (41984, Bangladesh) by today midnight as a severe cyclonic storm with wind speed of 110-120 gusting to 135

 kmph. The government has already taken all precautionary measures to face the ‘Remal’ as the strong depression may turn into a severe cyclone.

If it turns into a cyclone. The cyclone has been named as Remal, an Arabic word meaning sand. Oman has named it.

State minister for Disaster Management and Relief Affairs Mohibur Rahman at a briefing on Saturday said great danger signal No 10 might be hoisted from tonight. 

“Analysing the forecast, we can understand that the storm may turn into a danger point between 12:00am to 1:00am tomorrow (Sunday). The primary strike may occur on Sunday morning. The main landfall will be in the evening,” he said, adding that 4,000 shelter centres have already been kept ready.

Mentioning that some 80,000 volunteers have been ready, Mohibur Rahman said some parts of Sathkhira to Cox’s Bazar may be affected during the cyclonic storm.

“There is an apprehension of 7-8 feet tidal surge. There will be a lot of rain. As a result, landslides may take place in the hilly areas. The ministry has made all preparations to deal with the cyclone,” he said.

The state minister said special instructions have been given to the districts of Satkhira, Bagerhat, Khulna, Barguna, Patuakhali and Bhola to take all-out preparations. “People will be brought to shelter houses as soon as danger signals are issued by the Met office,” he added.

A special weather bulletin said maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist local cautionary signal number three lowering distant cautionary signal number one in the wake of the deep depression over the North Bay.

Squally weather may affect the maritime ports, North Bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh as deep convection is taking place over North Bay, the bulletin added.

The deep depression over East Central Bay and adjoining West Central Bay moved northwards over the same area (near lat: 18.2on, lon: 89.8oe) and was centered at 12 noon today about 500 kms southwest of Chattogram port, 435 kms southwest of Cox's Bazer port, 475 kms south of Mongla port and 425 kms south of Payra port. It is likely to intensify and move northwards further.

Maximum sustained wind speed within 48 kms of the deep depression centre is about 50 kph rising to 60 kph in gusts/squalls. Sea will remain rough near the deep depression centre.

All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea have been advised to take shelter immediately.