Water Resources Ministry Secretary Kabir Bin Anwar on Sunday asked officials concerned to take necessary preparations as a severe cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’ is likely to hit the coastal areas of Khulna division on Wednesday evening.
The secretary came up with the instruction at an emergency meeting of the ministry in this regard.
The cyclone might hit Khulna and adjacent areas as it is gradually moving towards north and north-west, said the secretary adding that they were observing its movement persistently.
“The authorities concerned are requested to take necessary preparations as heavy rains and tidal surge are likely to occur even if the cyclone doesn’t make landfall in Bangladesh,” Anwar said.
According to Meteorological Department, the cyclone ‘Ampan’ has formed at south-east of Bay of Bengal, which is now moving around 1,230 kilometres off Payra Port packing a wind speed of 88 km per hour currently which can turn into a devastating storm after 12 hours and move towards the north.
The cyclone with a wind speed of 200 km per hour can sweep over the southwest Bangladesh on the evening of May 20.