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>ALMOST stationary in the Bay, cyclone Nargis has gathered more strength, intensifying into a “severe cyclonic storm”, and is moving north very slowly. It may hit the Bangladesh-Myanmar coast. (Read full article)
A Met Office special bulletin said today evening that Nargis was lying over west central Bay and adjoining southwest Bay 1,100km away from Cox’s Bazar and 1,050km from Mongla coast with minimum sustained wind speed between 90kmph and 120kmph within the 54km radius of its centre.
he first cyclonic storm since the deadly Sidr, Nargis is likely to intensify further.
”It is too early to comment about when and where the storm will hit.
At this stage, a cyclonic storm frequently changes its course,” said Arzumand Habib, director of Dhaka Meteorological Office. “But probably it is going to hit the Bangladesh-Myanmar coast,” she said.

The Met Office said they will confirm today the possible time and place of the hit.
It already declared Nargis as a severe cyclonic storm since its wind speed crossed 89kmph.
If the wind speed crosses 120kmph, the storm will be categorised as “very severe” and if the wind speed crosses 150kmph, it will be labelled as “hurricane wind”, the Met Office sources said.

Maritime ports in Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Mongla have been asked to keep hoisting distant signal No. 2.
The Met Office warned that the sea will be rough over the North Bay and advised all fishing boats and trawlers to stay close to the coast until further notice.
Over 3,000 people were killed in cyclone Sidr last November while over thousand have still remained missing. The cyclone with a wind speed of 210kmph also caused damage to huge assets and crops and millions of people lost their livelihood while many have not yet been able to rebuild their homes.
Related reports:
Cyclone Nargis poised to strike in 4-5 days


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