Risingbd Desk: Cyclone Fani is heading towards Indian coast and may hit Bangladesh.
Khulna and adjoining southwestern coastal areas will feel the peripheral effect of ‘Fani’ by Friday morning, the Met Office says, advising Mongla and Payra ports to display danger signal number seven.
The very severe cyclonic storm was 915km southwest of Mongla port and 925km Southwest of Payra port at 9am on Thursday.
Coastal districts of Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal number seven, the weather office said.
Thousands of people are being evacuated from villages along India's northeast coastline ahead of the severe cyclone.
Cyclone Fani is heading towards the state of Orissa with wind speeds of up to 190 km/h (120 mph), and is expected to make landfall on Friday.
Officials have now shut down operations at two major ports on the east coast, and thousands of rescuers are helping people evacuate low-lying areas.
Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu states are also on high alert.
The cyclone is currently moving up the Bay of Bengal, east of Andhra Pradesh.
The Bangladesh government has also taken all kinds of necessary preparation to face cyclonic storm ‘Fani’.
Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief already has opened control room. The control rooms have been opened in 19 districts. Vacation of all the government employees in the possible cyclone attack zones declared cancelled.
The state minister Dr Md Enamur Rahman held a meeting with the concerned officials at the secretariat on Wednesday.
risingbd/Dhaka/May 2, 2019/Mukul