The Bangladesh Meteorological Department has advised that the deep depression and severe Cyclonic Storm named “Midhili” over the northwest Bay and adjoining area has moved north-northwestwards and is likely to intensify further.
It was centered at 0900 am today (17 Nov) about 415 kms west-southwest of Chattogram Port, 395 kms west-southwest of Cox’s Bazar Port, 265 kms southwest of Mongla Port and 270 kms southwest of Payra Port. The cyclone is likely to move north-northeastward and may cross Mongla-Payra coast near Khepupara by evening today, the periphery of the cyclone may start crossing the coast by noon today (17 Nov).
The Met office also updated, maximum sustained wind speed within 54 kms of the deep depression centre is about 62 kmh rising to 88 kph in gusts/squalls. The sea will remain very rough near the deep depression centre. Under the influence of the cyclone, Dhaka, Khulna, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions are likely to be experience heavy (44-88 mm) to very heavy rainfall (289 mm).
Maritime Ports of Payra and Mongla have been advised to hoist Danger Signal No. SEVEN (R) SEVEN, and Maritime Ports of Cox’s Bazar & Chattogram has been advised to hoist Danger Signal No. Six (R) Six.
Chittagong Port Authority has decided to vacant all the berths and shifted the vessels to outer anchorage for safety measure. Hence, the discharging and loading operation of the vessels will be suspended accordingly. But inside the terminal partial delivery and Import FCL box’s movement between port and off-docks are continuing.
We continue to monitor the situation closely with regards to the weather, port and CFS situation.