Bangladesh issues alert over cyclone in Bay of Bengal

Dhaka, April 16 (Inditop) Authorities in Bangladesh Thursday alerted coastal residents about an intensifying cyclone in the central Bay of Bengal, officials said.

The Meteorological Department advised coastal residents and crews on fishing boats in the bay to be cautious after the deep depression over the southeast and central Bay of Bengal turned into a cyclone early Thursday.

The cyclone was named Bijli and was centred about 875 km south of the port of Cox’s Bazar and 760 km south of Mongla port at 9 a.m., according to a department statement.

Department officials said the cyclone was moving slowly northward with maximum sustained winds of 60 km per hour.

The storm has made the sea rough, it added. Fishing boats and trawlers have been asked to remain close to the shore and proceed with caution, the statement said.

Many cyclones have made landfall in Bangladesh, causing large losses of lives and property in the past few years. In November 2007, Supercyclone Sidr devastated 12 southern districts, leaving as many as 4,000 people killed and tens of thousands homeless.