Bulbul loses steam as it hugs coast
Great Danger signal 10 at Mongla, 9 at Chittagong still in place
Published : Sunday, 10 November, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 177
Land, forest, sea temperature near coast and air pressure subdued the cyclonic storm 'Bulbul', lessening its wind speed significantly as it started crossing Bangladesh territory hugging the Sundarban coastline midnight last night. But the fear of its fangs still remained as the eye of the category two hurricane was set to make landfall in the early hours of today (Sunday), according to a revised forecast.
But up until midnight last night, the transformation of 'very severe' cyclonic storm, 'Bulbul', over the northwest bay and adjoining areas into a 'severe' cyclonic storm was a matter of relief for hundreds of thousands of people along the coastline.
Meanwhile, to face the aftermath of the storm, Army troops have been deployed in Khulna region and Navy rescue and relief ships have been kept ready.
Under the impact of the cyclone the coastal areas experienced incessant rain throughout the day.
A special bulletin of the Met office said the cyclone moved northwestwards at a speed of about 8 kph and it is lying over the northwest bay and adjoining coastal areas of Gangetic West Bengal and southwestern part of Bangladesh.
It is likely to move in a northeasterly direction further, weaken gradually and may complete crossing the West Bengal-Khulna coast by Saturday midnight.
The maximum sustained wind speed within 64 kms of the severe centre is about 100 kph rising to 120 kph in gusts/squalls. Sea will remain very high near the severe cyclone centre.
Bangladesh raised the storm danger signal to the highest level as cyclone 'Bulbul' intensified further after the evening packing a speed of 110 to 130 kph.
"The coastal districts of Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Bagerhat, Khulna and Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars were bracing for the cyclone.
For those districts the great danger signal No 10 was hoisted," the Met Office said in a special bulletin.
"The maritime ports of Mongla and Payra were advised to keep hoisted great danger signal No 10," it said.
The low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars were warned of facing a storm surge of 5-7 feet highest above the normal astronomical tide.
The maritime port of Chattogram was advised to keep hoisted great danger signal No 9.
The great danger signal No 9 was hoisted for the coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur and their offshore islands.
The maritime port of Cox's Bazar was advised to keep hoisted local warning signal No 4.
At 6pm, 'Bulbul' was about 210 kms southwest of Mongla port, 255 kms southwest of Payra port, 425 kms west-southwest of Chattogram port and 430 km west-southwest of Cox's Bazar port.
The maximum sustained wind speed within 74 kms of the very severe cyclone centre is about 110kph, rising to 130kph in gusts/squalls. Sea was very high near the very severe cyclone centre.
Khulna, Satkhira, Chattogram, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Bhola, Pirojpur, Jhalakati and Bagerhat were prepared to experience wind speed up to 120kph with heavy to very heavy rainfall during the passage of the storm.
Around 764,000 people were evacuated from seven coastal districts to shelter centres. The districts are Baterhat, Khulna, Satkhira, Barishal, Pirojpur, Barguna and Bhola.
The government also formed 1,577 medical teams and opened 4,516 shelters in the coastal districts.