‘Yaas’ may spare Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent

25 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Tropical cyclone Yaas formed in the east-central Bay of Bengal and adjoining area on Monday will not hit Bangladesh if it continues the current path.

“If the current trend of the cyclone continues, there’s a very low risk that it’ll hit the coast of Bangladesh. But, there’s a chance of strong wind gusts in the country,” said State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman on Monday.

During a press briefing on cyclone preparations at his ministry, he, however, said they have taken all necessary steps to deal with any situation. “Field level officials of the ministry, police, Ansar and BGB men and volunteers are ready to work during the cyclone situation.”

“We’re keeping a close watch on cyclone Yaas. If it changes its path, we’ll take our people to shelter houses. Shelter houses have been kept ready. People have also been asked to remain ready,” the state minister added.

Meanwhile, ruling Awami League on Monday formed a monitoring cell to face the cyclone.

AL Relief and Welfare Affairs Subcommittee formed the committee at the directives of party President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and under direct supervision of its General Secretary Obaidul Quader to collect information about the affected people round the clock, according to a press release.

The subcommittee has appointed 14 of its members to collect data in this regard.

The cyclone is very likely to cross North Odisha-West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar islands in India around Wednesday noon as a very severe cyclonic storm, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

Depending on the exact track of the storm, Kolkata may be in the crosshairs of the strongest impacts from the storm, according to AccuWeather, a US-based weather organisation.

West Bengal and Bangladesh will also have to contend with storm surge as strong onshore winds, it said, adding that strong wind gusts can lead to the damage of homes and buildings as well as power outages.

The most likely location for landfall to occur is along the coast from northern Odisha in India to the far western coast of Bangladesh late in the day on Wednesday or Wednesday night, said AccuWeather.

There is a possibility of light to very heavy rainfall and gusty wind in 30 districts across the country under the impact of the cyclone, the Ministry of Agriculture said citing Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).

The districts are Satkhira, Khulna, Bagerhat, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Patuakhali, Barguna, Barishal, Bhola, Chuadanga, Jashore, Jhenaidah, Kushtia, Magura, Meherpur, Narail, Rajbari, Faridpur, Madaripur, Faridpur, Gopalganj, Manikganj, Shariatpur, Chapainawabganj, Joypurhat, Naogaon, Natore, Pabna, Rajshahi, Sirajganj and Bogra, it said.

The ministry also suggested harvesting standing crops, mangoes and other fruits that have already matured.

Cyclonic storm Yaas was centred about 655 kms south-southwest of Chattogram port, 590 kms south-southwest of Cox's Bazar port, 630 kms south of Mongla port and 585 kms south of Payra port on Monday evening, according to a BMD special weather bulletin.

“Maximum sustained wind speed within 54 kms of the cyclone centre is about 62 kph rising to 88 kph in gusts or squalls. Sea will remain very rough near the cyclone centre,” it said.

The maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist distant warning signal number 2.

All fishing boats and trawlers over north bay and deep sea have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution and not to venture into the deep sea.

Mild to moderate heat wave that was sweeping across Rangpur, Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Dhaka, Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions may abate from today at some places, said AKM Nazmul Haque, a meteorologist at the BMD.

Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to occur at a few places over Dhaka, Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions and at one or two places over Rangpur, Rajshahi and Mymensingh divisions with moderately heavy to heavy falls at places over the country, he said.

Country’s highest temperature 38.5 degrees Celsius was recorded in Sitakundu while highest temperature of Dhaka was 37.9 degrees Celsius on Monday, according to BMD.