Titli Turns into Deep Depression

Heavy rain likely across country, landslides feared

Staff Correspondent

13 October, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Cyclone Titli on Friday turned into deep depression after a landfall over Odisha and adjoining area in India.

The depression may trigger heavy-to-very heavy rainfall and landslides in Bangladesh.

As Titli weakens, it will bring out adverse weather in the region at the weekend.

The Met office in Dhaka forecasted that heavy-to-very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at places over Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram, Dhaka, Rajshahi, Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions in the next 24 hours beginning on Friday noon.

Due to heavy rainfall, landslides may occur at places over Chattogram division, meteorologist Hafizur Rahman said.

The deep depression is likely to move northeastwards further inland and weaken gradually. It may cross Bangladesh through Faridpur, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Kishorganj and Moulvibazar and weaken in Tripura on Friday night.

Under the influence of the deep depression, steep pressure gradient persists over the North Bay, deep convection is taking place over coastal areas in Bangladesh.

Squally weather is likely to affect maritime ports, the North Bay and adjoining areas of Bangladesh, said a meteorologist.

Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal no. three.

All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain in shelter until further notice.

Under the persistence of the depression, incessant rain has been taking place across Bangladesh since Wednesday.

The moderate rain accompanied by gusty wind is likely to continue till Saturday in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country. 

Meanwhile, the severe cyclone damaged homes and blew down trees and power poles on Thursday in eastern India, where eight people were killed and about 3 lakh forced to move to higher ground.

The cyclone had winds blowing up to 150 kilometers per hour (95 mph) when it came onshore, the India Meteorological Department said.

It spread rain widely in coastal districts of Orissa state and also hit northern parts of neighboring Andhra Pradesh state.

Several villages under Teknaf, Kutubdia and Chakoria upazilas in Cox’s Bazar were affected in tidal surge under the impact of the cyclonic storm ‘Titli.’

Over 50 houses of Dakkhinpara and Majherpara under Shahparirdwip area of Teknaf upazila were washed away by the waves while the protection embankment adjoining to the sea also damaged badly.

Some other areas including Gholapara and Paschimpara under the upazila are also under risk of being washed away anytime, said sources.

Local Union Parishad Member Nurul Amin said the affected people took shelters in different areas under the Teknaf and Ukhia upazilas.