Cyclone ‘Mahasen’ was continuing to move towards the Chittagong coast, prompting retention of cautionary signal ‘3’ in all ports of Bangladesh.
In a special bulletin of the Bangladesh Met office, the
cyclone was located around 1,285 kilometres south to south-west of Chittagong
port, 1,305 kilometres south to southwest of Cox’s Bazar and 1,305 kilometres
south of Mongla port at 6:00am on Monday.
The cyclone is likely to
intensify further and move in a north to north-westerly direction, the bulletin
But the bulletin said that the cyclone was moving more slowly
compared to the last two days. After Sunday evening, ‘Mahasen’ has only moved 25
Bangladesh Met office forecast maximum sustained wind speed
of about 62 kms per hour within 54 kilometres of the storm centre , which may go
up to 88 kilometres per hour. The sea will remain rough around this
The United States military said that the cyclone might sweep
through the Rakhine province of Myanmar and adjacent coastal areas of Bangladesh
by Tuesday afternoon.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC) of the US
Navy and US Air Force estimated that winds might touch up to 166 kilometres per
hour at the time of the landfall of 'Mahasen'.
Department Forecaster Hafizur Rahman told bdnews24.com that ESCAP typhoon
committee named the cyclone ‘Mahasen’ after a King who ruled in Sri Lanka during