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Bangladesh and Myanmar issues warning as cyclone Mahasen intensifies

Dhaka, May 12 (): The dangerous tropical cyclone Mahasen is gathering strength over the Indian Ocean’s Bay of Bengal and is expected to become a potential major threat to Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Maritime ports in Bangladesh and Myanmar have been alerted to take suitable precautionary measures as the cyclone moved slightly towards the north west on Sunday.

Myanmar’s Department of Meteorology and Hydrology said the cyclone is expected to make landfall somewhere near the Myanmar-Bangladesh border on Thursday morning.

Meteorologists said it was uncertain whether the cyclone would hit Rakhine over the next days or turn further west to neighbouring Bangladesh, but the meteorological department of Myanmar said heavy rains and strong winds were likely to hit Rakhine regardless.

Local radio delivered warnings of the upcoming cyclone while loudspeakers relayed messages to people in villages in Rakhine, one of Myanmar’s poorest and most remote states.

Myanmar is liable to violent tropical cyclones. A cyclone in 2008 killed more than 150,000 people in the country’s Irrawaddy River delta. Another storm in 2010 in western Myanmar, in roughly the same areas as those under threat now, displaced tens of thousands and killed more than 100.

Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) issued a special weather bulletin on Sunday stating depression which already turned into cyclonic storm would likely move initially north westwards during the next 36 hours and recurve thereafter north eastwards towards the Bangladesh-Myanmar coast.

The meteorological department said the influence of the cyclone may affect North Bay, adjoining coastal area of Bangladesh and the maritime ports.

BMD said cautionary signal No. 3 in a scale of 10 has been raised for all ports when all fishing boats over the North Bay have been instructed to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further information.

Under its impact, rain or thunder shower is expected to occur at few places over Odisha coast in India during the next 24 hours.