Bangladesh went on cyclone alert on Wednesday as a severe storm in the Bay of Bengal was expected to make landfall in the next two days.
The Bangladesh Meteorological Department said the storm with winds of around 185 km (115 miles) per hour was some 850 km (531 miles) off the coast at 0300 GMT on Wednesday. Operations at Bangladesh's main Chittagong port were suspended and hundreds of ships and fishing boats returned to the shore on Wednesday. Meteorology officials in Bangladesh said the cyclone could be very devastating, and asked people to be on alert.
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