Bangladesh authorities have evacuated around 100,000 people from the country’s low-lying coastal villages and islands with Cyclone Bulbul set to slam into the country later on Saturday, officials said. The Meteorological Department has asked local authorities and two ports to raise their highest alert, as the cyclone is expected to unleash a storm surge as high as seven feet in coastal districts. Bulbul, packing a maximum wind speed of 120 kilometres per hour, is on course to make landfall near the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest, which straddles Bangladesh and part of eastern India and is home to the endangered Bengal tigers.
Meteorological Department of Bangladesh has raised the warning signal for maritime ports of Mongla and Payra to danger signal number seven, and six for the port of Chittagong due to the intensified very severe cyclonic storm Bulbul.Further to intensifies into a cyclone equivalent to Severe Tropical Storm.
- Tropical Cyclone Bulbul is currently in the northern Bay of Bengal.
- It is forecast to make landfall along the coast of Bangladesh or eastern India this weekend.
- Flooding rain, storm surge and damaging winds are all threats.
- The Bay of Bengal coast has a deadly history of tropical cyclones.
- Bulbul is also known as Tropical Cyclone Matmo.
It has warned that storm surge of 5 to 7 feet may hit the coastal districts under the impact of the cyclonic storm. The cyclone was centred 620 kilometres south-southwest from Chattogram port, 585 kilometres south-southwest from Cox’s Bazar and 495 kilometres south from Mongla and Payra ports at 6 pm today.
An official of the meteorological department told BBC that the cyclone may hit Khulna-Barishal coastal belt of Bangladesh by tomorrow evening if it stays on its current path.
Chattogram port has shut down its loading activities temporarily this evening. The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) suspended all types of water transportation until further notice. State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman said the government has made all necessary preparations to tackle the impact of cyclone Bulbul