Cyclone Fani weakens as maritime signals lowered to 3


Dhaka, May 04: The cyclonic storm Fani which was over Faridpur-Dhaka region and its adjacent areas has moved further to north-eastern and weakened into a land depression owing to which the cautionary signal at maritime ports lowered to 3 from its earlier seven.“Bangladesh is now under risk free …as the intensity of the cyclone has weakened further into a land depression,” said Shamsuddin Ahmed, Director of the meteorology department while addressing a press briefing at Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief here today. Disaster secretary M Shah Kamal hoped more than 16 lakh people who took shelter in different cyclone shelters could return to their homes by this afternoon. He confirmed death of four persons- two in Barguna, one each in Noakhali and Bhola while the cycone Fani injured 63 others in different parts of the country, BSS reported.

Food minister Shadan Majumder, state minister for Disaster Enamur Rahman, ABM Tajul Islam MP, cabinet secretary Shaiful Alam, principal secretary to PM Nojibur Rahman, information secretary Abdul Malek, health service secretary M Asadul Islam, PIO Jainal Abedin were present at the press briefing.

The storm was located over Pabna-Tangail-Mymensingh region and adjoining area at 12noon today, according to the Bangladesh Met Office’s website. Maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been advised to lower danger signal number seven but instead hoist local cautionary signal number three. The Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar ports have also been advised to lower danger signal number six and four but instead hoist local cautionary signal number three.

Under its influence the sky remains overcast and rain/thunder showers with gusty/squally wind is continuing at many places over the country.

Gusty/squally wind with the speed of about 50-60 kph is likely at many places over the country and about 40-50 kph is likely over North Bay, according to the Met office.

Under the influence of the land deep depression and the new moon phase, the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirozpur, Jhalokathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by wind driven surge of 2-4 feet height above normal astronomical tide.

All fishing boats and trawlers over north bay and deep sea have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice.