Bangladesh Braces For Cyclone “Bulbul”

DHAKA, Nov 9 (NNN-BSS) – Bangladesh, Friday night, issued the danger alert over cyclone “Bulbul” that is heading towards its coastlines.

A special bulletin of Bangladesh Meteorological Department Friday, at 6:00 p.m. local time, said, the cyclone was now staying at 495 km southwest of Bangladesh’s Mongla port, in southern Khulna region and 620 km southwest of Chattogram port, in southeastern Bangladesh.

Ayesha Khatun, a senior meteorologist, told journalists that, weather forecasters were asked to hoist danger signal No. 6, for Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar, a seaside city in southeast Bangladesh, and signal No. 7 for Mongla seaport in southwest Bangladesh.

All fishing boats, trawlers and maritime vessels have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice.

TV reports said, southern and southeastern coastal districts have been experiencing gusty winds from Friday morning, as the cyclone was approaching.

Television footage showed, Friday afternoon, widespread flooding in coastal areas of Khulna and Chattogram and other districts, where hundreds of thousands of people have reportedly been evacuated from their homes.

Announcements were made through loudspeakers, in the coastal districts and red flags were raised in disaster prone areas.

Cities, including capital Dhaka, are experiencing drizzle and gusty wind on Friday afternoon, as an impact of the advancing cyclone.

Tornadoes and cyclones are common occurrences in Bangladesh.– NNN-BSS