Publish: 14 May 2023, 10:14 am
Cyclone Mocha is getting stronger and approaching towards Bangladesh coast. It may turn into a Category 4 cyclone and cross Bangladesh's coast by Sunday afternoon to evening. At that time the wind speed can be 180 to 215 kmph.
Bangladesh Meteorological Monitoring Team gave this information on Saturday evening. A notification signed by Bangladesh Met Office Chief meteorologist Khalid Hossain informed that the cyclone is intensifying further and may move north-northeast from its present position. It is likely to hit the southern part of Cox's Bazar between noon and evening on Sunday.
It may hit Cox's Bazar of Bangladesh and the neighboring country Myanmar coast with gusts of about 180 to 215 kmph. At this time, storm-force winds can spread over a radius of about 200-250 km. There is a risk of a lot of damage in the coastal areas of Chattogram Division. The weather observation team said that Cox's Bazar would be the most affected area.
The notification also informed that due to the impact of cyclone Mocha, Cox's Bazar and Teknaf areas may be flooded with 15 to 25-feet-high wind-driven tides. Apart from this, there may be about 12 to 15 feet tide on Chattogram coast.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 74 km of the very severe cyclone center is about 170 kmph, rising to 190 kph, in gusts or squalls. The sea is very rough in the vicinity of the supercyclone center.
Maritime ports of Cox's Bazar and Chattogram have been advised to keep the great danger signal 8 hoisted while maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep the local warning signal 4 hoisted.
All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice.
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