The deep depression over the southwest bay and adjoining areas has intensified into cyclonic storm Nivar, which is set to hit India sparring Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Meteoro-logical Department (BMD) on Tuesday said the cyclone is likely to intensify further and move in a northwesterly direction.Boats and trawlers stationed at Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra ports have been advised to move with caution.
According to the BMD, cyclone Nivar will hit the southern coast of India but it can bring in rain in the coastal areas of Bangladesh.
The maximum sustained wind speed within 54 kms of the cyclone centre is 72 kms per hour, rising up to 88 kms per hour in the form of gusts or squalls. The sea remains very rough near the cyclone centre.
Meanwhile, India Meteorological Department said Nivar could intensify further to turn into a severe cyclone before making landfall around Puducherry by Wednesday evening.
Abdul Mannan, a meteorologist of at the BMD, said Bangladesh is not expected to be affected severely by the cyclone as it will not make landfall here. “However, it might lead temperatures to rise at night in the country’s coastal areas,” he said.