Dhaka, May 2 (UNB)- Khulna and adjoining southwestern coastal areas will feel the peripheral effect of ‘Fani’ by Friday morning, the Met Office says, advising Mongla and Payra ports to display danger signal number seven.
The very severe cyclonic storm was 915km southwest of Mongla port and 925km Southwest of Payra port at 9am on Thursday.
Coastal districts of Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal number seven, the weather office said.
Maritime ports in Chattogram have been asked to hoist danger signal number six. This danger signal is also effective for coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur and their offshore islands.
Meanwhile, maritime ports of Cox’s Bazar have been advised to keep hoisted local warning signal number four.
‘Fani’ was centred about 1,065 km southwest of Chattogram port and 1,025km Southwest of Cox’s Bazar port in the morning.
It is likely to intensify further and move in a north-northeasterly direction, the Met Office said. Fani will reach Khulna and adjoining southwestern part of Bangladesh by Friday evening.
Flooding has been forecast for low-lying areas of coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands.
Met Office said these areas are likely to be inundated by 4-5 feet high storm surge under the influence of ‘Fani’ and the new moon phase.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 74 kms of the storm centre is about 160kph, rising to 180kph in gusts or squalls.
All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay and deep sea have been advised to take shelter immediately. They have been asked to remain in shelters until further notice.
Dhaka, May 2 (UNB) – Seven people were killed and 19 injured in separate road accidents in Bagerhat, Rajshahi and Jashore on Wednesday and Thursday.
In Bagerhat, three people were killed and five injured after a truck hit a human hauler on Khulna-Mongla Highway in Rampal upazila on Thursday.
Two of the deceased were identified as Shohag Sheikh, 35, son of Jalil Sheikh of Haldibunia village, and Sanjib, 40. Both hailed from the upazila.
Rabiul Islam, officer-in-charge of Katakhali Highway Police, said the accident took place at Bhagabazar around 7am.
The victims were killed on the spot when a Mongla-bound truck hit the human hauler, he said.
Police recovered the bodies and sent them to a local hospital for autopsy.
In Rajshahi, three people were killed and 12 injured when a bus turned turtle at Mirganj Bazar in Bagha upazila around 7am.
The deceased were identified as Abu Hanif, 28, the bus driver’s assistant, Manwara Begum, 42, wife of Mansur Rahman, and Badal Bewa, 65, wife of Piar Uddin of the upazila.
Police said the Rajshahi-bound passenger bus collided head-on with a trolley before it hit a tree and overturned.
All three victims were killed on the spot, said Mohsin Ali, officer-in-charge of Bagha Police Station.
The injured were taken to a local hospital.
In Jashore, police said 20-year-old Hasan Ali from Sharsha upazila was killed and two others were injured when a motorbike hit a roadside tree on Gorpara-Shikarpur road in the upazila on Wednesday night.
Chattogram, May 2 (UNB)— The Hatia and Sandwip sea routes were closed and large ships ordered to leave Chattogram port on Wednesday night as ‘Fani’, now a very severe cyclonic storm, approaches fast.
‘Fani’ was centred about 1,110km southwest of Chattogram port at 6am on Thursday.
Maritime ports in Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep local warning signal number four hoisted.
‘Fani’ is likely to intensify further, the Met Office said.
At an emergency meeting, Chattogram port authorities ordered large ships to leave to avert possible damage while the district’s disaster management committee decided to shut the Sandwip and Hatia sea routes as precautionary measure.
Met Office said the maximum sustained wind speed within 74kms of the storm centre is about 160kph, rising to 180kph.
The government has opened control rooms in 19 coastal districts and kept 56,000 volunteers prepared. Delowar Hossain, the acting deputy commissioner of Chattogram, said they have prepared 2,739 cyclone centres and are warning residents of the coastal areas.