A cyclonic storm turned into a land depression and crossing the Sundarbans coast near the Raimanagal river at around 9.00 last night, the meteorological department in Dhaka said. The storm is likely to move in a northeasterly direction and weaken gradually, it said.
Daylong showers induced by the depression paralised life in the capital and most other areas of the country. Low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Satkhira, Khulna, Bagerhat, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Barguna, Barisal and Patuakhali were inundated.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 54km of the storm centre was about 65 kilometres per hour (KPH), rising up to 85kph in gusts in the coastal belt.
The storm is reminiscent of the disastrous cyclone in November 12 in 1970, which killed about 10 lakh people and left several lakhs homeless in the coastal areas of Bhola and Monpura.
Panic-stricken people in different coastal areas moved to cyclone shelters yesterday.
The Mongla port in Khulna hoisted cautionary signal number seven while Chittagong port and Cox's Bazar showed cautionary signal number 6.
Most of the river ports in the coastal area have been asked to show cautionary signal number two. All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay have been advised to remain in shelters till further notice.
The Met office sources said the highest rainfall of 162 millimetres from 6.00am to 6.00pm yesterday was recorded in Jessore. The rainfalls recorded in other areas were 123mm in Dhaka, 77mm in Khulna, 68mm in Satkhira, 44mm in Barisal, 44mm in Tangail, and 30mm in Mymensingh.
Moderate to heavy rainfall was recorded all over the country in the last 24 hours.
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