The cyclonic storm Mora made by the depression in east central Bay of Bengal has made landfall in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Meteorological Department said that the storm hit the coast between Cox’s Bazar and the port of Chittagong at 6.00 am (local time). No casualties were immediately reported.
The storm hit Bangladesh with gusty winds traveling up to 117 kilometers per hour. Bangladesh authorities had issued a warning on Monday to those living near the coastal areas to evacuate as the cyclone is expected to intensify. Reportedly, 3,00,000 people have already been shifted to cyclone shelters. “The people were moved out to at least 400 cyclone shelters or safer places like schools and government offices in the coastal areas,” a disaster management ministry spokesman told PTI. Cox’s Bazar’s chief government administrator, Ali Hossain told AP that the storm destroyed hundreds of homes on Saint Martins Island after it started lashing the area around midnight Monday.
Under the strong influence of Mora, the ‘low-lying’ areas along the coastal line and their offshore islands may be inundated with storm surge of 4-5 feet height above normal astronomical tide, the Met office added. Sea condition around the cyclone system is expected to be rough. Fishermen and tourists over North Bay and Deep Sea have been advised to stay indoors. More than 1,000 shelters have been set up in several districts, including Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong.
Highest level of warning signal in a scale of one to ten was issued by the meteorological department for two maritime ports after Mora developed into a strong and intense cyclonic storm. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 89 kilometers (55 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 117 kph (73 mph).
Meanwhile, a heavy rainfall warning has been issued in Odisha and West Bengal. Heavy rainfall is also expected in parts of Northeast India. Earlier this week, over a hundred and fifty people lost their lives in Sri Lanka due to the cyclone.