Tahlka News Bureau
New Delhi: Cyclone "Mora" is scheduled to hit Bangladeh, strongest of its kind. At this time it is located around 400 km away from north of the Bangladesh cost in the Bay of Bengal. The cyclone may affect the Indian states of Mizoram, Meghalaya and Manipur, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department said.
In northern Bangladesh's coastal district of Cox's Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Reni, Chandpur and the nearby islands are likely to have bigger impact of cyclone.
The Payera and Mongla ports of Bangladesh have been asked to show danger signal number 5. The same is being applied in Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barsal, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Bangerhat, Khulna, Satkhira, and the offshore islands and chars.
Director of Metrological Department Shamsuddin Ahmad said that the cyclone Mora could cross the cost of Chittagong Cox' Bazar tomorrow morning after moving further north.
According to the latest weather bulletin, cyclone 'Mora' was currently 450 km south-southwest of Chittagong, 400 km south-southwest of Cox's Baxar, 540 km south-southeast of Mongla, and 470 south-southeast of Paira port at 12 noon.
The wind of cyclone 'Mora' is said to be measured between 54 kmph to 88 kmph.
Bangladesh Naval Transport Authotrity (BIWITA) has announced the shutdown of long-distance vessels form Dhaka due to the storm weather in the coastal areas and due to the cyclone Mora in the Bay of Bengal.
BIWITA joint director Zainal Abedin said that about 12 river ports of Bangladesh had been alerted. Small river ships have been stopped from carrying operations.